Infinitary stability theory

This is the title of a talk given at a miniconference (before the 2015 joint mathematical meeting) at the University of Texas at San Antonio on Jan. 9, 2015. The talk presents the corresponding paper.


In 1990, Makkai and Shelah studied the class of models of an Lκ,ω sentence, where κ is strongly compact. Among many other results, they showed that Galois types (a purely semantic notion of types) and syntactic types conveyed the same information. In particular, Galois types are determined by their restrictions to sets of size less than κ. This last property was later isolated by Grossberg and VanDieren and called tameness. In this talk, I will show that tameness already implies that Galois types are (in some sense) syntactic, thus generalizing Makkai and Shelah's result. I will give several applications to the stability theory of tame abstract elementary classes.