Reed Solomon
Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics



Contact Information

Office: 214 MSB
Phone: 860-486-2341
Email: david DOT solomon AT uconn DOT edu
Address: 196 Auditorium Road
University of Connecticut, U-3009
Department of Mathematics
Storrs, CT 06269-3009

Teaching

For Fall 2014, I am teaching Math 2141 (Advanced Calculus I) and Math 5026 (Set Theory). My office hours this semester are Monday 1:15-2:45 and Wednesday 10:45-12:15.


Research

My research is in mathematical logic, specifically in computability theory and reverse mathematics. I have a number of papers and preprints available in electronic format. I also have a somewhat random collection of lecture notes and slides.

Computability theory is the study of computational properties of sets and functions on the natural numbers. In addition to studying sets and functions which are computable, one is interested in definitions of relative computability. That is, we study various notions of when a set or function is simpler than (or can be computed given knowledge of) another set or function. Under suitable codings, these notions can be used to study effectiveness in areas of mathematics such as algebra, combinatorics, analysis and so on. One of my main research interests is in effective algebra and combinatorics in this sense.

In reverse mathematics, one tries to isolate the smallest fragment of set theory required to prove a particular theorem of classical mathematics. The set theoretic background is typically second order arithmetic and in this context, there are close connections between computability theory and the subsystems of set theory that arise. I study theorems in algebra and combinatorics in this setting.


Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

My past PhD students are

Alex Rogalski, Reverse mathematics on lattice ordered groups, 2007
Matt Jura, Reverse mathematics and the coloring number of graphs, 2009 (jointly advised with Joe Miller)
Oscar Levin, Computability theory, reverse mathematics and ordered fields, 2009
Tyler Markkanen, Separating the degree spectra of structures, 2009 (jointly advised with Joe Miller).
Amy Turlington, Computability of Heyting algebras and distributive lattices, 2010.

The past Postdoctoral Fellows and Assistant Professors in Residence in Logic at UConn include

Bjoern Kjos-Hanssen 2003-2006, currently Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Stephen Binns 2004-2007, currently Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia
Asher Kach 2007-2009 and 2010-11, currently at University of Chicago.
Paul Ellis, 2008-2011, currently at Manhattanville College.

Logic Seminars

There are several logic seminars both regionally and at UConn. The Connecticut Logic Seminar is a regional seminar regularly attended by faculty and graduate students from UConn, Wesleyan, Vassar and UMass-Dartmouth. The seminar meets Mondays 4:45-6 at Wesleyan University, Exley Science Center 618 (directions).

We have an interdisciplinary UConn Logic Group composed of faculty and graduate students in mathematics, philosophy and linguistics. We run a seminar which meets at Friday 2:00-4:00 roughly every other week during the semester.

Other logic seminar in the region include the MIT logic seminar and a variety of logic seminars at CUNY.