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Logic Seminar

Friday, January 10, 2020
2:00pm to 3:30pm
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A universal characterization of standard Borel spaces
Ronnie Chen, Department of Mathematics, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign,

UCLA MS 6221

We show that the category of standard Borel spaces is the free or "universal" category equipped with some familiar set operations of countable arity (e.g., products) obeying some simple compatibility conditions (e.g., products distribute over disjoint unions). In this talk, we will discuss the precise formulation of this result, its connection with the amalgamation property for $\kappa$-complete Boolean algebras, and its proof using methods from categorical logic.

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