Two more books from the CUP sale. One is David Wills’ Jean-Luc Godard: Pierrot le Fou in the Cambridge Film Handbooks series, which should be a fun read. Shame that there are no colour stills suggesting the amazingly vibrant look of the thing: but since I only paid £3 I really can’t complain. I’m sure that I never even a quarter understood the film, and I’ve not seen it for many years: but I’ve always remembered it as terrific.
The other purchase is Joyal and Moerdik’s Algebraic Set Theory. Frankly, I bought that more in ambitious hope than in any firm belief that I’ll get my head around it, as my category theory is fragmentary and fragile. But I’ll give it a shot.
Not soon, though, as this term is model-theory term: as I’ve mentioned before, Thomas Forster and I are going to be running a reading group for a mixed bunch, to work through Hodges’s Shorter Model Theory. I’m going to be doing some more much needed background homework/revision over the next week, and at the moment I’m working through some of Chang and Keisler. Incidentally, that’s surely another candidate for a Dover reprint: even though in some ways it isn’t fantastically well written, and so the authors don’t always make the reader’s job a comfortable one, I guess it is still a rightly classic treatment.