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1st Edition

A First Course in Functional Analysis

ISBN 9781498771610
Published March 7, 2017 by Chapman and Hall/CRC
240 Pages

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Book Description

Written as a textbook, A First Course in Functional Analysis is an introduction to basic functional analysis and operator theory, with an emphasis on Hilbert space methods. The aim of this book is to introduce the basic notions of functional analysis and operator theory without requiring the student to have taken a course in measure theory as a prerequisite. It is written and structured the way a course would be designed, with an emphasis on clarity and logical development alongside real applications in analysis. The background required for a student taking this course is minimal; basic linear algebra, calculus up to Riemann integration, and some acquaintance with topological and metric spaces.

Table of Contents

Introduction and the Stone-Weierstrass theorem. Hilbert spaces. Orthogonality, projections, and bases. Fourier series. Bounded linear operators on Hilbert space. Hilbert function spaces. Banach spaces. The algebra of bounded operators on a Banach space. Compact operators. Compact operators on Hilbert space. Applications of compact operators. The Fourier transform. *The Hahn-Banach Theorems. Metric and topological spaces.

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Orr Moshe Shalit is an assistant professor of mathematics at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. His research interests lie in the topic of operator theory and operator algebras. He is the author of over 20 research papers and is a regular reviewer for many prestigious journals.


A First Course in Functional Analysis by Orr Moshe Shalit is an excellent introduction to linear analysis. Its straightforward approach to the key ideas of the field, with special emphasis on Hilbert spaces, will be very much appreciated both by students and instructors. The book is suitable for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students who have had prior exposure to advanced calculus and linear algebra. I highly recommend this book to anyone teaching a first course in abstract analysis.
Jens Harlander, Boise State University