# The Tarski Lectures

The Alfred Tarski Lectures are supported by an endowment fund established in memory of a man widely regarded as one of the four greatest logicians of all time. A superb teacher and influential scientific leader as well as a profound thinker, Alfred Tarski arrived in Berkeley in 1942 at the age of 41 and built up here what is often cited as the outstanding center for research in logic and the foundations of mathematics in the world.

The 2017 Tarski Lectures will be given by Lou van den Dries, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, on April 10th, April 12th, and April 14th. Each lecture begins at 4:10pm. Following is a breakdown of the lectures:

Monday, April 10, 2017

*Model Theory as a Geography of Mathematics*

4:10 - 5:00 pm

50 Birge Hall

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

*Orders of Infinity and Transseries*

4:10 - 5:00 pm

50 Birge Hall

Friday, April 14, 2017

*Model Theory of Transseries: Results and Open Problems*

4:10 - 5:00 pm

50 Birge Hall

Born in Warsaw in 1901, Tarski was educated in Polish schools and received his Ph.D. at the University of Warsaw in 1924. He served as a Docent and later as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Warsaw. He was visiting the U.S. when Germany invaded Poland in 1939. Unable to return home, he remained in this country and in 1942 accepted a position as Lecturer at Berkeley. He became a full professor in 1946 and in 1958 founded the pioneering interdisciplinary Group in Logic and the Methodology Science. He retired in 1971 and died in October 1983 at the age of 82.

Of his numerous investigations, outlined in seven books and more than 300 other publications, Tarski was most proud of two: his design in 1930 of an algorithm to decide the truth or falsity of any sentence in the elementary theory of the field of real numbers and his path-breaking mathematical treatment in the early 1930's of the semantics of formal languages and the concept of truth.

### Past Tarski Lecturers

1989 Dana Stewart Scott

1990 Willard Van Orman Quine

1991 Bjarni Jónsson & H. Jerome Keisler

1992 Donald Anthony Martin

1993 Alec James Wilkie

1994 Michael O. Rabin

1995 Hilary Putnam

1996 Ehud Hrushovski

1997 Menachem Magidor

1998 Angus John Macintyre

1999 Patrick Suppes

2000 Alexander A. Razborov

2001 Ronald Bjorn Jensen

2002 Boris Zilber

2003 Ralph Nelson McKenzie

2004 Alexander S. Kechris

2005 Zlil Sela

2006 Solomon Feferman

2007 Harvey M. Friedman

2008 Yiannis N. Moschovakis

2009 Anand Pillay

2010 Gregory Hjorth

2011 Johan van Benthem

2012 Per Martin-Löf

2013 Jonathan Pila

2014 Stevo Todorcevic

2015 Julia F. Knight

2016 William Tait