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Analysis of and on Uniformly Rectifiable Sets
Guy David and Stephen Semmes

Mathematical Surveys and Monographs
1993; 356 pp; hardcover
Volume: 38
ISBN-10: 0-8218-1537-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-1537-3
List Price: US$129
Member Price: US$103.20
Order Code: SURV/38
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The notion of uniform rectifiability of sets (in a Euclidean space), which emerged only recently, can be viewed in several different ways. It can be viewed as a quantitative and scale-invariant substitute for the classical notion of rectifiability; as the answer (sometimes only conjecturally) to certain geometric questions in complex and harmonic analysis; as a condition which ensures the parametrizability of a given set, with estimates, but with some holes and self-intersections allowed; and as an achievable baseline for information about the structure of a set. This book is about understanding uniform rectifiability of a given set in terms of the approximate behavior of the set at most locations and scales. In addition to being the only general reference available on uniform rectifiability, this book also poses many open problems, some of which are quite basic.


Harmonic analysts, complex analysts, mathematicians working in geometric measure theory, and mathematicians studying bilipshitz and quasiconformal mappings.


"A mixture of geometric measure theory and harmonic analysis ... a remarkable development of these researches."

-- Zentralblatt MATH

Table of Contents

Part I. Background information and the statements of the main results
  • Reviews of various topics
  • A summary of the main results
  • Dyadic cubes and corona decompositions
Part II. New geometrical conditions related to uniform rectifiability
  • One-dimensional sets
  • The bilateral weak geometric lemma and its variants
  • The WHIP and related conditions
  • Other conditions in the codimension 1 case
Part III. Applications
  • Uniform rectifiability and singular integral operators
  • Uniform rectifiability and square function estimates for the Cauchy kernel
  • Square function estimates and uniform rectifiability in higher dimensions
  • Approximating Lipschitz functions by affine functions
  • The weak constant density condition
Part IV. Direct arguments for some stability results
  • Stability of various versions of the geometric lemma
  • Stability properties of the corona decomposition
  • References
  • Table of selected notation
  • Table of acronyms
  • Table of theorems
  • Index
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