The Journal of Symbolic Logic

Research Article

Forcing the failure of CH by adding a real

Saharon Shelaha1 and Hugh Woodina2

a1 The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

a2 California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125

We prove several independence results relevant to an old question in the folklore of set theory. These results complement those in [Sh, Chapter XIII, §4]. The question is the following. Suppose V ⊨ “ZFC + CH” and r is a real not in V. Must V[r] ⊨ CH? To avoid trivialities assume = .

We answer this question negatively. Specifically we find pairs of models (W, V) such that W ⊨ ZFC + CH, V = W[r], r a real, = and V ⊨ ¬CH. Actually we find a spectrum of such pairs using ZFC up to “ZFC + there exist measurable cardinals”. Basically the nicer the pair is as a solution, the more we need to assume in order to construct it.

The relevant results in [Sh, Chapter XIII] state that if a pair (of inner models) (W, V) satisfies (1) and (2) then there is an inaccessible cardinal in L; if in addition V ⊨ 20 > ℵ2 then 0# exists; and finally if (W, V) satisfies (1), (2) and (3) with V ⊨ 2 0 > ℵω, then there is an inner model with a measurable cardinal.

Definition 1. For a pair (W, V) we shall consider the following conditions:

(1) V = W[r], r a real, = , W ⊨ ZFC + CH but CH fails in V.

(2) W ⊨ GCH.

(3) W and V have the same cardinals.

(Received March 29 1983)