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2013 Boise Extravaganza in Set Theory Meeting to be Held in Las Vegas

By: Kathleen Tuck   Published 8:52 am / May 10, 2013


The Boise Extravaganza in Set Theory (BEST) will be held this year on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, from June 16-19.

BEST is a mathematics conference that was first hosted in 1992 as a low-cost solution to alleviating the geographic isolation of the then recently established group of set theorists at Boise State University. It was supported by the Board of Trustees, the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Research and the Department of Mathematics.

While initiated as a local event, the conference gained more of a national/international status and was hosted by Boise State for 19 consecutive years. The last 12 meetings of BEST were fully supported by the National Science Foundation. Almost without exception, BEST has been attended by mathematicians traveling from Europe or Asia and, in later years, from the Middle East and South America. During this period, two volumes associated with BEST appeared in the Contemporary Mathematics series.

This year, the 20th meeting of BEST is integrated with the 94th annual meeting of the American Association for Advancement of Science — Pacific Division as a symposium in set theory.

Organizers Liljana Babinkostova, Andres Caicedo, Samuel Coskey and Marion Scheepers, faculty from the Department of Mathematics, received a National Science Foundation grant totaling $17,557 to support this meeting.

“It is not uncommon that work with a set theoretic motivation sometimes coincides with work with motivation from the natural sciences,” organizers said. “We consider it a benefit to the natural sciences, and also to set theory, that opportunities for such cross-fertilization be nurtured and facilitated.”

For more on BEST and the AAAS-Pacific Division, visit and For more on set theory research at Boise State, visit