Mirna Džamonja
This page is a summary of my professional activities, and has links to many
other pages.
Set theory is fun, see the picture below. The more serious stuff follows.
[If you are not in the mood for maths: some of my numerous opinions
on nonmathematical matters are here although these days I write more of this kind of stuff on my facebook account.]
A mathematical opinion, coming from a woman mathematician who started her career by doing a lot of mathematical competitions is that I boycott and oppose entirely any "girls mathematical olympiad" type events, for example the "European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad" . Mathematics is an activity in which all human beings have an equal chance, we do not need to separate ourselves by gender, race or anything else but our mathematical ability. Girls, don't take to this patronising, if you want to compete, compete with everybody, and win.
I used to have links to my daughter Ada's website which I kept, but now she is in the middle of a project to write her own, so watch this space!
Here is a book I have something to do with.


Prof. Mirna Džamonja
University of East Anglia
Norwich, NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom
Phone: +441603592981
Fax: +441603593345
email: m.dzamonja at uea.ac.uk

Education:
Ph.D., Mathematics,
University of WisconsinMadison, USA , 1993.
M.Sc., Mathematics,
University of WisconsinMadison, USA
, 1990.
B.Sc., Mathematics,
University of Sarajevo , Yugoslavia (Bosnia &
Herzegovina), 1988.
Research and Professional Interests:
Set theory and its connections with other fields of mathematics, specifically
model theory, topology, measure theory, analysis and combinatorics.
Within set theory, I have mostly worked on forcing, large cardinals,
pcf theory and infinite combinatorics, but other
subjects interest me as well. For those readers who are considering
studying set theory, a short introduction to
the subject can be found here.
I also do philosophy of mathematics, where I am interested
in foundational issues. I am an Associate Member of
IHPST Institut d histoire et philosophie des sciences et des techniques at the Univerity Paris 1 (ParisSorbonne).
Papers:
A list of my papers
can be found here.
Large Grants:
I spent five years being an Advanced Fellow of ESPRC (20022007).
This was their grant number GR/A10727/01, for the pdf file of the final report see here. The final overall assessment of the success
of the grant by EPSRC was "outstanding".
In 20092011 I have been the PI on an EPSRC grant on interactions between
model theory, set theory and Banach space theory. Starting October 2010
I am the PI on an EPSRC grant on the possibility of combining forcing axioms and reflection principles at the successor of a singular cardinal. In the past, I have held other large grants from EPSRC and the Leverhulme Trust.
NEW! I am very happy to announce that I'll be a Leverhulme Research Fellow from
May 2014 to May 2015.
With
Joan Bagaria and
Jouko Väänänen I was a coPI on a large ESF grant `INFTY'
,which ran for five years from March 2009.
Here
is its website.
Some conferences I have helped organise:
Crossing Worlds: Mathematical logic, philosophy, art
An interdisciplinary meeting in honor of Juliette Kennedy.
held at the University of Helsinki, May 2016
see for details.
London Mathematical Society Invited Lectures 2014, held at UEA and
given by
Jouko Väänänen , see further
details .
A four month long programme
HIF on set theory (08/201512/2015) at the Isaac Newton Institute,
Cambridge. Coorganised with Joan Bagaria
and Benedikt Loewe .
The 4th European Set Theory Meeting, 1418 July 2013, Barcelona , coorganised with
Joan Bagaria and
Jouko Väänänen .
A one day meeting 'A snapshot of logicsome recent results
mathematical logic' was held on June 16, 2010 in the new
UEA London centre in London.
Coorganised with David Evans
and sponsored by UEA .
A conference in honour of Ken Kunen
, April 35, 2009, Madison, WI, USA
Kunen Fest! .
Sponsored by the
UWMadison Maths Department and
National Science Foundation .
An
LMS
sponsored
meeting on September 25th, 2003 in honour of
David H. Fremlin.
With Charles Morgan
and more recently, Philip Welch, I have
organised a series of meetings on set theory and its connections with other fields of mathematics,
more about it can be found
here.
Another set of somewhat different
meetings are
Cameleon
Meetings, run jointly by
Thomas Forster,
John Truss
and me.
The last meeting of STN was held on November 19, 2008 in Bristol,
and that of Cameleon meeting on November 29, 2008 in Leeds.
We thank
BLC ,
The St Luke's Institute and
LMS for the
past and present support.
People I have coauthored maths papers with:
Uri Abraham ,
Arthur Apter ,
Taras Banakh ,
Tomek Bartoszynski ,
Robert Bonnet ,
Piotr BorodulinNadzieja ,
James Cummings ,
Gregor K. Dolinar,
SyDavid Friedman ,
Lorenz Halbeisen ,
Michael Hrusak ,
István Juhász ,
Peter Komjáth ,
Kenneth Kunen ,
Jean Larson ,
Menachem Magidor ,
Bill Mitchell ,
Justin Moore ,
Charles Morgan ,
Eva Murtinova ,
Grzegorz Plebanek ,
Anatolij Plichko,
Saharon Shelah ,
Katherine
Thompson ,
Jouko Väänänen .
My Ph.D./D.Phil. students:
Sharifa AlMahrooqi (2013),
Zanyar Ameen (2015), Gregor Dolinar (University of
Ljubljana, 2013), Tanmay Inamdar (current), Gregory McKay (2015),
Francesco Parente (current),
Francesco Piccoli (2015),
Grace Piper (2003),
Alex Primavesi (2011),
Omar Selim (2012), Firoz Shaikh (2007), and
Katherine
Thompson (2003).
Logic Group at UEA:
In addition to the people mentioned above, the logic group at UEA includes:
David
Aspero
and
Jonathan Kirby .
Our logic group is very active: we have a weekly seminar and a list
of distinguished visitors.
Teaching:
University of East Anglia uses
Blackboard.
UEA students can find any teaching related material I have
through the UEA web site by
accessing the Portal.
I have been teaching a course on Set Theory at UEA, for levels 3 and 4. The
pdf files of the syllabuses (MTH3E18, MTHME18)
are available at
the UEA MTH Syllabuses page .
This course is sometimes followed by an advanced Descriptive Set Theory
course, for example in 2007/2008.
I gave an Intensive Set in Set Theory at the London Taught
Courses Centre on May 15 and 16, 2008. More information
here .
This course has grown and since 2009/10 it runs
as an internet based
MAGIC course.
I am writing a book "Fast Track to Forcing" based on the course.
On the non settheory front, I have been teaching and coordinating the Analysis course for the second year students at UEA, I love that course!
Another one is History of Logic, which ran as part of our History of Mathematics
module. Since recently, I have been teachingthe whole History of Mathematics module.
Professional Activites:
I am one of the founding mebers and was President (20122015) of the
European Set Theory Society, where I am still on the Board of Trustees.
Please join us if you a set theorist!
The web page is here .
I was the Chair of the Logic In Europe Committee of the
Association of Symbolic Logic
20082014 and I am nonvoting advisor for the ASL Logic in Africa Committee.
Editor of Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society , 2013present
Member of the Editorial Board for
Bollettino dell'Unione Matematica Italiana, 2013present
Member of the Editorial Board for
Mathematical Logic Qaurterly , 2012present
Member of the Editorial Board of the
Sarajevo Journal of Mathematics (formerly Radovi Matematički).
Member of the Editorial Board of the
Colloquium Mathematicum , 2008
Secretary to the
BLC , January 2001December 2007.
Member of the EPSRC College.
Member of the ESF Pool of Referees.
Reviews Editor for the
The Bulletin of Symbolic Logic 20032009.
Outreach activities:
As part of the Royal Society's
MPScientist Pairing Scheme
in 2007 I was paired
with Dr Ian Gibson .
We collaborated to better understand the role of Mathematics in the
Parliament and the way Mathematics is funded. I spent a wonderful week
shadowing Dr Gibson in the Parliament and at the end of it we wrote a
little article and submitted it to the Royl Society Newsletter.
You can see the article
here , along with a
nice picture of Ian and me in front of the Big Ben.
In March 2009, Ian and I coorganised an event in the Parliament, read
all about it here .
Acknowledgement:
Any person mentioned on this page has in one
way or another helped me to become a better mathematician, by working with me,
teaching me, or letting me share ideas with them. In particular, I am
grateful to the late professor Naza TanovićMiller and
professor Harry Miller at the
University of Sarajevo and professors
Kenneth Kunen (my Ph.D. advisor) and
MaryEllen Rudin at the
University of WisconsinMadison and
Saharon Shelah at the
Hebrew
University of Jerusalem , for teaching me and supporting me.
I gratefully acknowledge the past and present
support of the Academic Study Group,
British Council ,
Energoinvest ,
EPSRC ,
European Science Foundation , Lady Davis Foundation,
Leverhulme Trust , LMS ,
National Science Foundation ,
NATO ,
The Royal Society and
USAIsrael Binational
Foundation . I am especially grateful to
EPSRC for providing me with an
Advanced Research Fellowship for the five years
20022007.