W. Hugh Woodin  

Hugh Woodin in 1994
(photo by George Bergman) 

Born  Tucson, Arizona, U.S. 
April 23, 1955
Nationality  American 
Fields  Mathematics 
Institutions  University of California, Berkeley California Institute of Technology Harvard University 
Alma mater  University of California, Berkeley 
Doctoral advisor  Robert M. Solovay 
Doctoral students  Joan Bagaria James Cummings Joel David Hamkins Gregory Hjorth 
William Hugh Woodin (born April 23, 1955) is an American mathematician and set theorist at Harvard University. He has made many notable contributions to the theory of inner models and determinacy. A type of large cardinal, the Woodin cardinal, bears his name.
Biography[edit]
Born in Tucson, Arizona, Woodin earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984 under Robert M. Solovay. His dissertation title was Discontinuous Homomorphisms of C(Omega) and Set Theory. He served as chair of the Berkeley mathematics department for the 2002–2003 academic year. Woodin is a managing editor of the Journal of Mathematical Logic. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2000.^{[1]}
He is the greatgrandson of William Hartman Woodin, former Secretary of the Treasury.
Work[edit]
He has done work on the theory of generic multiverses and related concept of Ωlogic which suggested an argument that the continuum hypothesis is either undecidable or false in the sense of mathematical platonism. Woodin criticizes this view arguing that it leads to a counterintuitive reduction in which all truths in the set theoretical universe can be decided from a small part of it. He claims that these and related mathematical results lead (intuitively) to the conclusion that Continuum Hypothesis has a truth value and the Platonistic approach is reasonable.
Woodin now predicts that there should be a way of constructing an inner model for almost all known large cardinals which he calls the Ultimate L and which would have similar properties as Gödel's constructible universe. In particular, the Continuum Hypothesis would be true in this universe.^{[citation needed]}^{[2]}
See also[edit]
References[edit]
 ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter W" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved June 3, 2011.
 ^ Wolchover, Natalie (26 November 2013). "To Settle Infinity Dispute, a New Law of Logic". Quanta Magazine.
External links[edit]
 W. Hugh Woodin at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
 Woodin, W. Hugh (2010). The Axiom of Determinacy, Forcing Axioms, and the Nonstationary Ideal. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 9783110197020. OCLC 605013810.
 Home page at University of California, Berkeley
 Woodin's plenary talk at the 2010 International Congress of Mathematicians
 Incompatible ΩComplete Theories (with Peter Koellner), Journal of Symbolic Logic, Volume 74, Issue 4 (2009), 1155–1170.[1].

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