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An Introduction to Functional Analysis
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Expected online publication date: March 2020
  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online ISBN: 9781139030267
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This accessible text covers key results in functional analysis that are essential for further study in the calculus of variations, analysis, dynamical systems, and the theory of partial differential equations. The treatment of Hilbert spaces covers the topics required to prove the Hilbert–Schmidt theorem, including orthonormal bases, the Riesz representation theorem, and the basics of spectral theory. The material on Banach spaces and their duals includes the Hahn–Banach theorem, the Krein–Milman theorem, and results based on the Baire category theorem, before culminating in a proof of sequential weak compactness in reflexive spaces. Arguments are presented in detail, and more than 200 fully-worked exercises are included to provide practice applying techniques and ideas beyond the major theorems. Familiarity with the basic theory of vector spaces and point-set topology is assumed, but knowledge of measure theory is not required, making this book ideal for upper undergraduate-level and beginning graduate-level courses.


‘This excellent introduction to functional analysis brings the reader at a gentle pace from a rudimentary acquaintance with analysis to a command of the subject sufficient, for example, to start a rigorous study of partial differential equations. The choice and order of topics are very well thought-out, and there is a fine balance between general results and concrete examples and applications.'

Charles Fefferman - Princeton University, New Jersey

‘An Introduction to Functional Analysis covers everything that one would expect to meet in an undergraduate course on this elegant area and more, including spectral theory, the category-based theorems and unbounded operators. With a well-written narrative and clear detailed proofs, together with plentiful examples and exercises, this is both an excellent course book and a valuable reference for those encountering functional analysis from across mathematics and science.'

Kenneth Falconer - University of St Andrews, Scotland

‘This is a beautifully written book, containing a wealth of worked examples and exercises, covering the core of the theory of Banach and Hilbert spaces. The book will be of particular interest to those wishing to learn the basic functional analytic tools for the mathematical analysis of partial differential equations and the calculus of variations.'

Endre Suli - University of Oxford


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