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Undergraduate Analysis (Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics)
by Serge Lang
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (May, 2005)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Just like every other Lang text
This book typifies Lang's style. If you enjoyed any of his other books you'll enjoy this too. Like seemingly all of his texts, it has a section on the inverse function theorem and makes quite a deal out of it. Overall, it is quite comprehensive, but there's little motivation for the proofs so things can be a bit boring. Both Rudin and Browder cover the same amout of material in far fewer pages, and they have better excerises too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Solid, complete reference to basic analysis topics
Serge Lang's "Undergraduate Analysis" offers an impeccable selection of topics and exercises for the student wishing to broaden his/her knowledge of analysis. The proofs of theorems can be terse at times, but a hardworking student will gain much through a thorough reading of the text. Also, Lang concentrates many of his exercises on estimates, which is an art form that is slowly dying among undergraduates (and graduate students as well, sad to say). Many of his problems require only the triangle inequality (the basic tool of estimation) and ingenuity (and hard work) from the student. I would strongly recommend this text for anyone who wishes to fully understand and appreciate the results and techniques of basic real analysis.

2-0 out of 5 stars okay
I personally don't care much for this book.It's too terse, and there are nowhere near enough examples.I have about 6 analysis books and this is the one I look in the least.It seems to cover a lot of stuff, but maybe too much-- it wouldve been better to focus more on some more elementary topics.For instance, he spends about one and a half pages introducing the derivative.So if you want a book that glosses over more elementary concepts and leans heavily toward a graduate level, this book's for you.At my school we were supposed to learn advanced calculus from this and it is not good for that at all.For advanced calc try robert stritchart's Way of Analysis (the best book on analysis I've ever read) and for analysis Intro to real analysis by kolmogrov (only 10 bucks or so and actually better than most books costing a 100) ... Read more

Isbn: 0387948414
Sales Rank: 423382
Subjects:  1. Calculus    2. Education    3. Mathematical Analysis    4. Mathematics    5. Analysis    6. Differentialrechnung    7. Integralrechnung    8. Mathematics / Mathematical Analysis   


Real Mathematical Analysis
by Charles Chapman Pugh
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (01 March, 2002)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Would be better if solutions are provided
Great textbook, great afterchapter exercises! However, since the exercises are a bit challenging, it would have been better if solutions or hints for solutions are provided. By the way, I would be grateful if anyone could tell me where I can find solutions for the exercises.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good exposition, great problems
Real analysis is a genre with an established classic (Rudin) and a plethora of available books and resources. Unfortunately, most analysis books cost a great deal of money so the average reader will only purchase one or two texts. In evaluating which book(s) to purchase two questions should be asked:

1.) Why purchase this book rather than the classic of the genre?

2.) Is this book appropriate for me?

So why buy this book rather than Rudin? It has great exposition (as does Rudin), very well chosen problems (as does Rudin), but Pugh manages to improve on the standard by supplementing his written explanations with diagrams and pictures that Rudin mostly lacks. Additonally, the price stands at something less than half the cost of Rudin's book.

Who is this book appropriate for? This text delves into the topological underpinnings of analysis. It is not an "analysis-lite" textbook a la Ken Ross's Elementary Analysis. It is a rigorous treatment of the subject, and it has a comprehensive feel to it, covering topics like Lebesgue measure and integration, and multivariable analysis in addition to the normal topics one would expect. In short, it is appropriate for somebody who is seeking the challenges and rewards of a full treatment of what for many is a difficult subject.

It is a very good book that does not shy away from difficult material that no amount of explanation or good writing will make easy to learn, but of all the analysis books I've seen, this comes the closest.

5-0 out of 5 stars 6 star
Great book, u will learn a lot, including basic topology, multivariable analysis beautiful and elegant proofs that are pricise and simple, easy to understand. Taiwan is independent ... Read more

Isbn: 0387952977
Sales Rank: 136278
Subjects:  1. Mathematical Analysis    2. Mathematics    3. Science/Mathematics    4. Mathematics / Mathematical Analysis    5. Real Analysis    6. Real Mathematical Analysis   


Yet Another Introduction to Analysis
by Victor Bryant
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (28 June, 1990)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction
This is a text for Real Analysis at the Junior Level (American university level).It goes to extreme lengths to make analysis understandable to people who have no prior exposure.The organization is good.Completeness is introduced early as (the "piggy in the middle").Proofs are written in detail with fill-in-the-blank spots to force the reader to follow the argument.It has good exercises making it an easy book to teach out of.Excellent for the absolute beginner.Good candidate for the classroom.

5-0 out of 5 stars Basic Real Analysis unleashed
Bryant builds the basic concepts of a first course in mathematical analysis upon the notion of numerical sequences. This approach gives an unified vision and amazing insights. Infinite series, limits, derivatives, Riemann integral are studied in an integrated vision. Clear ideas, illustrations and humor are found across all its pages. Good and illuminating exercises, too. An excellent introduction to basic real analysis.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exposes Mathematical Analysis Without Set Theory Background
Mathematical analysis is a refinement of calculus, and a pathway into further branches of mathematics, including topology and advanced topics in algebra. Analysis, however, may not seem to be at all related to calculus at its initial stages. An introductory course on analysis can render an unprepared student, even with experience in other branches of mathematics, perplexed and challenged to an extreme. Only later in the analysis course are even the most basic topics of calculus introduced.

One of the most important considerations prior to taking an analysis course is the level of background and understanding of mathematical logic. Set theory, a branch of mathematical logic, is in fact the basis of calculus as well. Due to an emphasis upon computations, however, the highest grades in calculus are possible without understanding, or even knowing of, this underlying foundation.

This work is unique among those introducing analysis, in that it does not require a background in set theory. It in fact teaches numerous fundamental concepts of set theory, without stating that it is doing so. Examples provided are based on daily concrete experience, yet are altered for purposes of mathematical instruction. These descriptions are sufficiently general as to prepare the reader for when formal set theory is introduced in more rigorous textbooks.

In addition to being an extremely readable and accessible work,solutions and hints are provided for every review question for every section of the book. This is in stark contrast to textbooks on the subject, which, while costing several times more, are typically designed for a classroom setting, and so leave all questions unanswered. This self-testing of the understanding of each section is crucial for subject matter requiring such attention to detail and precision.

The numerous illustrations throughout the book are rendered clearly and with instructional purpose, yet are often drawn by hand, adding to the sense of familiarity with the author. All of the basic subject matter for a course on analysis is provided, yet has been specifically tailored for a reader in the stages of preparation, of review after completion, or one who is simply inquisitive as to what is required to comprehend analysis successfully.

The softcover edition is durable and portable, and the book remains in excellent condition through numerous readings, which it will almost certainly go through.

If you have been required to take an analysis class but left it with only a vague sense of its underpinnings, you may wish to go through this work when time permits. For the price of the book, the information and instruction provided is truly outstanding. This text receives the highest marks in all categories. ... Read more

Isbn: 052138835X
Sales Rank: 335567
Subjects:  1. Mathematical Analysis    2. Mathematics    3. Probability & Statistics - General    4. Science/Mathematics    5. Calculus & mathematical analysis    6. Mathematics / Probability   


Elementary Real and Complex Analysis (Dover Books on Mathematics)
by Georgi E. Shilov, Richard A. Silverman
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Getting started in math analysis
This book by Shilov covers the fundamentals in beginning analysis(both real and complex). It has in common with Walter Rudin's book (entitled 'Real and Complex Analysis') that it covers both real functions (integration theory and more), as well as Cauchy's theorems for analytic functions. Shilov's book is at an undergraduate level, and it can easily be used for self-study. The Dover edition is affordable. Rudin's book is for the beginning graduate level, and it is widely used in math departments around the world. Both books have stood the test of time.
Comparison of Shilov with Rudin: Rudin's 'Real and Complex' has become an institution, and I have to admit I have loved it since I was a student myself, but conventional wisdom will have it that Shilov is a lot gentler on students, and much easier to get started with: It stresses motivation a bit more, the exercises are easier (some of Rudin's exercises are notorious, but I find the challenge charming--not all of my students do though!), and finally Shilov gets to touch upon a few applications; fashionable these days. But that part easily gets dated. I will expect that beginning students will enjoy Shilov's book.
Personally, I find that with perseverance, students who keep at it with Rudin's book, will end up with a lot stronger foundation. They are more likely to have proofs in their blood. I guess Shilov can always serve as a leisurely supplementary reading to Rudin.
There will never be another book like Rudin's 'Real and Complex', just like there will never be another van Gogh. But the fact that we love van Gogh doesn't prevent us from enjoying other paintings.

3-0 out of 5 stars Possibly too simple
As Shilov write in the introduction "I have tried to accomodate the interests of larger population of those concerned with mathematics" and at that he seems to do. However, the book does require some mathematical background as he appears to omit defining a few things. I believe the book would be ideal for those who want a handy reference, or an easier book when struggling with an analysis course.

However, for the more mathematically inclined readers, the problems are often too easy, and many things are proved that could be better left as exercises. For a more difficult Analysis book, I would reccomend Rudin.

5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful text -- Highly recommended!
I purchased this book as a reference book for my first analysis course.It is very well written, and easy to follow.Dr. Shilov has a very nice way of organizing this text:He puts all the definitions at the beginning of the chapter and the subsequent sections are results of those definitions.It makes for a very quick reference.His presentation of the included proofs is also very nice.There were several occasions I found myself thumbing through it for a second perspecitve.

As far as the actual material presented, Dr. Shilov starts off with funtions of one real variable, then rather quickly generalizes to complex variables and N dimensional functions, so you'll quickly see metric theory and some topology.He does keep in mind this is intended for undergrads and first year grads though.

Oh, another nice feature is the price!I'd recommend this book to any math enthusiast as a reference, or to someone going through an early analysis course. ... Read more

Isbn: 0486689220
Sales Rank: 126766
Subjects:  1. Calculus    2. Mathematical analysis    3. Mathematics    4. Science/Mathematics   


Functional Analysis
by WalterRudin
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (01 January, 1991)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Decent book, if you can get it cheap
I strongly urge any serious math student to own a copy of both Rudin's Principles ("Baby Rudin") and his Real and Complex Analysis ("Adult Rudin").The former is absolutely essential- without completely mastering continuity and convergence on the basic metric space topology on R^n, higher math is going to be quite a pain.The second is good because it puts the major ideas of basic analysis- Radon measures, L^p spaces, rudiments of Hilbert and Banach Spaces, differentiation and integration, Fourier and Harmonic Analysis, Holomorphic and meromorphic functions, etc. all in one nice volume, although the problems may be too challenging or tangential to master the material by doing them.

With that said, I don't like this book as much.Perhaps because the problems don't provide great movitation for the theorems- in any event, I would recommend using at least two books to understand functional analysis.One that emphasizes a rigorous approach to the theory involved, and another more applied book that allows you to play with the new tools to solve the problems functional analysis was invented to solve; quantum mechanics, for example.

Reed and Simon is a good book, although I'm sure physicists or physics students would probably complain about it for the same reason I like it- its very mathematically rigorous and has a ton of problems- 30 to 60 on average at the end of each chapter, with only a few digressions into applications into quantum physics or elementary QFT.Get this with some Springer text, like Elements of Functional Analysis.

One more note- Rudin's book is broken up into three parts- one on TVS (Topological vector spaces) that combines topological properties of a space (for example, local convexity or local compactness) with the usual vector-space operations to set the spaces where operators act.

The second section deals with distributions- I regret that one failure of "Adult Rudin" was to emphasize the abstract integral as a linear functional, because this would have helped to make the concept of a distribution more clear.

While the introduction to distributions and their connections to Fourier analysis and differential equations is nice, the text gets bogged down with proofs about convolutions that are highly technical (and make either good practice or a good time for Rudin to actually use, for once, "The details are left to the reader...").

Finally, Rudin introduces operator theory, although it could go much more smoothly- the proofs come off as way too technical, a far cry from the "slickness" his proofs are often accused of being in the graduate analysis text.

All in all, there's some interesting problems to do, but you're not going to understand the applications of Functional Analysis to quantum mechanics or PDE (other than distributions a little), where other, more applied (read: easier) books may give nice problems about applications of Hilbert space methods, such as variational techniques or Fredholm theory.

5-0 out of 5 stars Modern topics in math.
"Modern analysis" used to be a popular name for the subject of this lovely book. It is as important as ever, but perhaps less "modern". The subject of functional analysis, while fundamental and central in the landscape of mathematics, really started with seminal theorems due to Banach, Hilbert, von Neumann, Herglotz, Hausdorff, Friedrichs, Steinhouse,...and many other of, the perhaps less well known, founding fathers, in Central Europe (at the time), in the period between the two World Wars. In the beginning it generated awe in its ability
to provide elegant proofs of classical theorems that otherwise were thought to be both technical and difficult. The beautiful idea that makes it all clear as daylight: Wiener's theorem on absolutely convergent(AC) Fourier series of 1/f if you can divide, and if f has the AC Fourier series, is a case in point. The new subject gained from there because of its many sucess stories,- in proving new theorems, in unifying old ones, in offering a framework for quantum theory, for dynamical systems, and for partial differential equations. And offering a language that facilitated interdisiplinary work in science! The Journal of Functional Analysis, starting in the 1960ties, broadened the subject, reaching almost all branches of science, and finding functional analytic flavor in theories surprisingly far from the original roots of the subject. The topics in Rudin's book are inspired by harmonic analysis. The later part offers one of the most elegant compact treatment of the theory of operators in Hilbert space, I can think of. Its approach to unbounded operators is lovely.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Bible on Distributions
No other book covers the elements of distributions and the fourier transform quite like Rudin's Functional Analysis.This is a must for every budding PDE-er! ... Read more

Isbn: 0070542368
Sales Rank: 204987
Subjects:  1. Advanced    2. Functional Analysis    3. Mathematics    4. Science/Mathematics    5. Mathematics / Functional Analysis   


Real and Complex Analysis (Higher Mathematics Series)
by WalterRudin
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (01 May, 1986)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A start in math.
I am a fan of Rudin's books. This one "Real and Complex Analysis" has served as a standard textbook in the first graduate course in analysis at lots of universities in the US, and around the world.

The book is divided in the two main parts, real and complex analysis. But in addition, it contains a good amount of functional and harmonic analysis; and a little operator theory.

I loved it when I was a student, and since then I have taught from it many times. It has stood the test of time over almost three decades, and it is still my favorite. I have to admit that it is not the favorite of everyone I know.

What I like is that it is concise, and that the material is systematically built up in a way that is both effective and exciting.

Some of the exercises are notoriously hard, but I think that is good: It simply means that they serve as work-projects when the students use the book. And this approach probably is more pedagogical as well.

After surviving some of the hard exercises in Rudin's Real and Complex, I think we learn things that stay with us for life; you will be "marked for life!"

Review by Palle Jorgensen, September 2004.

5-0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the self-service analysis center!
This year we have been using Walter Rudin's treatise as the main text for a standard first-year graduate sequence on real analysis, backed up by Wheeden/Zygmund's book on Measure and Integral, and the two seem to complement each other quite nicely. Rudin writes in a very user-friendly yet concise manner, and at the same time he masterfully manages to maintain the high level of formality required from a graduate mathematics text. To be totally honest, a few years ago my very first attempt at learning graduate-level real analysis in a classroom setting (via Folland's book) was not successful, as I found the exposition in Folland very dense and rigid, and the homework problems too difficult to do. Rudin's book however is a lot more accessible for the beginning graduate students who may not have had any more than some basic exposure to measure theory in their upper division analysis classes. One point to keep in mind is that Rudin developes the measure in the more formal axiomatic way, instead of in the more concrete constructive approach. In the constructive approach, one first introduces the "subadditive" outer measure as a set function which is defined on the power set P(X) of a nonempty set X. One then proceeds by showing that the restriction of the domain of the outer measure to a smaller class of subsets of X (a sigma algebra M), obtained via applying the Caratheodory's criterion, results in a "countably additive" set function which is called a measure on (X,M). (The latter is the approach taken in both H.L. Royden and Wheden/Zygmund). The formal approach is not very intuitive and is less natural for a beginning graduate student who might not have developed a certain level of mathematical maturity yet.

Also, Rudin does not discuss some of the more advanced or interdisciplinary topics such as distribution theory (Sobolev spaces, weak derivatives, etc.) or applications of measure theory to the probability theory, both explored in the book by Folland. Last but not least, it's worth noting that contrary to the common practice, Folland includes many end-of-chapter notes where he outlines some important historical aspects of the development of the topics, and also gives a few references for further study. For example, in the notes section at the end of the chapter on Lebesgue integration, he mentions --and briefly outlines-- the basics of the theory of "gauge integration" (also called Henstock-Kurzweil theory) which serves to construct a more powerful integral than that of the Lebesgue's. As another instance, having already defined and used "nets" within the chapter on topology, in the end-notes Folland also introduces "filters" and "ultrafilters". These are all machineries which have been developed to play the role of the metric space sequences in general (locally Hausdorff) topological spaces, but for some historical reasons, ultrafilters have nowadays taken a backseat to the nets (the older general topology books usually prove the Tychonoff theorem using ultrafilters). All said, I can recommend taking up Royden as your very first approach to measure theory, then based on how well you think you have learned the first course, move on to either Rudin or Folland for a more advanced treatment. Please note that the other books I have mentioned above do not discuss complex analysis, a subject which is also masterfully presented in Rudin. There are however a few other equally well-written complex analysis books to pick from, for example John B. Conway's classic from the Springer-Verlag graduate series, or L.V. Ahlfors' masterpiece, to name just a couple.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Comprehensive Guide to Analysis
Rudin's Real and Complex Analysis is an excellent book for several reasons.Most importantly, it manages to encompass a whole range of mathematics in one reasonably-sized volume.Furthermore, its problems are not mere extensions of the proofs given in the text or trivial applications of the results- many of the results are alternate proofs to major theorems or different theorems not proved.With that in mind, this book is not appropriate for a course where the instructor wants students to merely understand the theorems well enough to develop applications- the structure of the book is far better suited for a more theoretical course.

For example, the construction of Lebesgue measure is considered one of the most important topics in graduate analysis courses.After this construction, more abstract measures are developed, and then one proves the Riesz Representation Theorem for positive functionals later.

Conversely, Rudin develops a few basic topological tools, such as Urysohn's Theorem and a finite partition of unity, to construct the Radon measure needed in a sweeping proof of Riesz's Theorem.From this, results about regularity follow clearly, and the construction of Lebesgue measure involves little more than a routine check of its invariance properties.

Another example of where Rudin takes a more theoretical approach to provide a more elegant, yet less intuitive proof, is the Lebesgue-Radon-Nikodym theorem.Other books generally introduce signed measures with several examples, and use this result, along with properties of measures to derive the proof.On the other hand, since the first half of the book contains an intermission on Hilbert Space, Rudin uses the completeless of L^2 and the Riesz Representation Theorem for a more sweeping proof.

In the real analysis section, Rudin covers advanced topics generally not covered in a first course on measure theory.The chapters on differentiation and Fourier analysis are key examples of this.Rudin uses maximal functions to develop the Lebesgue Point theorem and results from complex analysis, and provides an incredibly thorough proof of the change-of-variables theorem.The ninth chapter, on Fourier transforms, relies heavily on convolutions, which are developed as a product of Fubini's theorem.This, in turn, is used to prove Plancherel's theorem and the uniqueness of Fourier transforms as a character homomorphism.

The tenth chapter, on basic complex analysis, essentially covers an entire undergraduate course on the subject, with added results based on a solid knowledge of topology on the plane.Once a solid foundation on the topic is laid, Rudin can develop more advanced topics from Harmonic analysis using general results from real analysis like the Hahn-Banach theorem and the Lebesgue Point theorem (for Poisson integrals).

Most of the basic results from the power series perspective are covered in the text, but while the geometric view is examined, it is still done in a very analytic, formula-based way that does not allow the reader to gain too much intuition.Nonetheless, all the basic results are covered, and Rudin uses these to develop the main theorems, such as the Mittag-Leffler and Weierstrass theorems on meromorphic functions, and the Monodromy Theorem and a modular function used to prove Picard's Little Theorem.

As an introductory text, even for advanced students, Rudin should probably be accompanied by more descriptive texts to develop better intuition.In fact, I would recommend Folland's Real Analysis and Ahlfors' Complex Analysis for self-study, because the problems are easier and one can learn better through those.With a good instructor, though, Rudin's text is concise and elegant enough to be both useful and enjoyable.It is also a good test to see how well one REALLY knows the subject. ... Read more

Isbn: 0070542341
Sales Rank: 199105
Subjects:  1. Advanced    2. Mathematical Analysis    3. Mathematics    4. Science/Mathematics    5. Mathematics / Advanced   


Principles of Mathematical Analysis (International Series in Pure & Applied Mathematics)
by WalterRudin
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (01 January, 1976)
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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent textbook
I think mathematics is a part of our culture.That's why, as a non-math major, I wandered into a very serious analysis class for mathematics majors.That might have been a disaster for me.Luckily, we used this book as a text, and it saved me.I read the whole book and diligently did all the exercises (of course, back then, it was the first edition, with only 227 pages and 140 exercises; it's somewhat more now).And that is my recommendation today.Read the book carefully and do as many exercises as you can.It certainly isn't easy.But it isn't, um, countably hard either.

The material in the book is self-contained.I guess that in theory, it could be mastered by any bright 14-year old who had learned some high school algebra and geometry.But I would surely recommend having much more mathematical sophistication than that as a prerequisite!

If you haven't learned the language of mathematics before, you'll enjoy the use of terms such as "countable," "real," "rational cuts," "measure," "ring," and "complete." By the end of the book, when the author claims that a proof (involving Cauchy sequences no less) is complete, you'll barely be able to suppress a desire to ask "Does every Cauchy sequence in the proof converge?"

In the first edition of this book, Rudin did mess up a little in his section on "the integral as a limit of sums." His theorem as stated was false.We cruelly dubbed it "Rudin's Last Theorem."Worse, he had used it "to prove some elementary properties of the Stieltjes integral."But that was all straightened out by the second edition.

I especially like the first couple of chapters.They give most readers the confidence to continue.And the final chapter, on Lebesgue integration, is very well written.One note of warning, though.Rudin begins this chapter by saying, "Some of the easier propositions are stated without proof.However the reader who has become familiar with the techniques used in the preceding chapters will certainly find no difficulty in supplying the missing steps."That is an exaggeration.It takes work.After all, this is, um, real mathematics you'll be doing!

I'm thankful that I was assigned this as my textbook.

5-0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece
I absolutely agree with Professor Jorgensen.

I loved it when I was a student of physics, and I still love it because I tend to consider it as my personal standard in Classical Mathematical Analysis (and not only): sort of a "pacemaker" which sets the qualitative level to go back to just every time one is a little confused about what to do and where to go ;)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great analysis...
This book is tough to learn from (because it has almost no motivation), but the text is clearly written and easy to understand.

The proofs are elegant and easy to follow.The construction of the reals using dedikind cuts along the rationals is the only construction I've found in introductory books.Other books I used as suplementary to this (Rosenlicht and Bear) did not have this in their texts.

After learning analysis, I find this book to be an excellent reference for anything that I might have forgotten or just didn't understand the first time around. ... Read more

Isbn: 007054235X
Sales Rank: 32836
Subjects:  1. Advanced    2. Mathematical Analysis    3. Mathematics    4. Science/Mathematics    5. Mathematics / Advanced   


Functional Analysis (Pure and Applied Mathematics: A Wiley-Interscience Series of Texts, Monographs and Tracts)
by Peter D.Lax
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Peter D Lax is one of the great mathematicians of the 2nd half of the 20th century. Buy this book if only to have it on your bookshelf. After a long day of suffering fools and putting up with the latest insanities of your university administrators, leaf through Lax's book to recover. This is mathematics at its best. What better use can we put mathematics to, than to help us regain our sanity in a world that's gone mad.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brings the subject to life!
The subject of functional analysis, while fundamental and central in the landscape of mathematics, really started with
seminal theorems due to Banach, Hilbert, von Neumann, Herglotz, Hausdorff, Friedrichs, Steinhouse,...and many other of, the perhaps less well known, founding fathers, in Central Europe (at the time), in the period between the two World Wars. It gained from there because of its many sucess stories,- in proving new theorems, in unifying old ones, in offering a framework for

quantum theory, for dynamical systems, and for partial differential equations. The Journal of Functional Analysis, starting in the 1960ties, broadened the subject, reaching almost all branches of science, and finding functional analytic flavor
in theories surprisingly far from the original roots of the subject. Peter Lax has himself,-- alone and with others, shaped some ofgreatest successes of the period, right up to the present. That is in the book!! And it offers an upbeat outlook for the future. It has been tested in the class room,-it is really user-friendly. At the end of each chapter P Lax ofers personal recollections;-- little known stories of how several of the pioneers in the subject have been victims,- in the 30ties and the 40ties, of Nazi atrocities. The writing is crisp and engaged,- the exercises are great;- just
right for students to learn from. This is the book to teach from. ... Read more

Isbn: 0471556041
Sales Rank: 120701
Subjects:  1. Functional Analysis    2. Mathematics    3. Science/Mathematics    4. Mathematics / Functional Analysis   


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