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Functional Analysis: An Elementary Introduction
Markus Haase, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Graduate Studies in Mathematics
2014; 372 pp; hardcover
Volume: 156
ISBN-10: 0-8218-9171-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-9171-1
List Price: US$79
Member Price: US$63.20
Order Code: GSM/156
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Expected publication date is October 8, 2014.

This book introduces functional analysis at an elementary level without assuming any background in real analysis, for example on metric spaces or Lebesgue integration. It focuses on concepts and methods relevant in applied contexts such as variational methods on Hilbert spaces, Neumann series, eigenvalue expansions for compact self-adjoint operators, weak differentiation and Sobolev spaces on intervals, and model applications to differential and integral equations. Beyond that, the final chapters on the uniform boundedness theorem, the open mapping theorem and the Hahn-Banach theorem provide a stepping-stone to more advanced texts.

The exposition is clear and rigorous, featuring full and detailed proofs. Many examples illustrate the new notions and results. Each chapter concludes with a large collection of exercises, some of which are referred to in the margin of the text, tailor-made in order to guide the student digesting the new material. Optional sections and chapters supplement the mandatory parts and allow for modular teaching spanning from basic to honors track level.

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Graduate students interested in Fourier analysis.

Table of Contents

  • Inner product spaces
  • Normed spaces
  • Distance and approximation
  • Continuity and compactness
  • Banach spaces
  • The contraction principle
  • The Lebesgue spaces
  • Hilbert space fundamentals
  • Approximation theory and Fourier analysis
  • Sobolev spaces and the Poisson problem
  • Operator theory I
  • Operator theory II
  • Spectral theory of compact self-adjoint operators
  • Applications of the spectral theorem
  • Baire's theorem and its consequences
  • Duality and the Hahn-Banach theorem
  • Historical remarks
  • Background
  • The completion of a metric space
  • Bernstein's proof of Weierstrass' theorem
  • Smooth cutoff functions
  • Some topics from Fourier analysis
  • General orthonormal systems
  • Bibliography
  • Symbol index
  • Subject index
  • Author index
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