Synopses & Reviews
Understanding the concepts and methods of real analysis is an essential skill for every undergraduate mathematics student. Written in an easy-to-read style, Real Analysis is a comprehensive introduction to this core subject and is ideal for self-study or as a course textbook for first and second-year undergraduates. Combining an informal style with precision mathematics, Real Analysis covers all the key topics with fully worked examples and exercises with solutions.
Featuring: Sequences and series - considering the central notion of a limit.- Continuous functions.- Differentiation.- Integration.- Logarithmic and exponential functions.- Uniform convergence.- Circular functions All these concepts and techniques are deployed in examples in the final chapter to provide the student with a thorough understanding of this challenging subject.
From the reviews: Written in an easy-to-read style, combining informality with precision, the book is ideal for self-study or as a course textbook for first-and second-year undergraduates. Zentralblatt MATH ....the transition from the mysteries of real-analysis to the majesty of real analysis will be smoothed by this engaging, readable text. The Mathematical Gazette "This book is the distillation of Howie's considerable experience in teaching the introductory real analysis course: he adopts a concrete, pragmatic approach ... . The most striking feature of Real Analysis is ... the author's Ferrar-like concern for the reader's understanding which shines through on every page of his carefully written and carefully paced text. ... There are numerous worked examples and some 190 accessible, impeccably pitched exercises ... another attractive feature is the inclusion of full names and dates for all mathematicians mentioned." (Nick Lord, The Mathematical Gazette, Vol. 85 (504), 2001) "The book is a clear and structured introduction to real analysis. ... Fully worked out examples and exercises with solutions extend and illustrate the theory. Written in an easy-to-read style, combining informality and precision, the book is ideal for self-study or as a course textbook for first- and second-year undergraduates." (I. Rasa, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 969, 2001)
From the point of view of strict logic, a rigorous course on real analysis should precede a course on calculus. Strict logic, is, however, overruled by both history and practicality. Historically, calculus, with its origins in the 17th century, came first, and made rapid progress on the basis of informal intuition. Not until well through the 19th century was it possible to claim that the edifice was constructed on sound logical foundations. As for practicality, every university teacher knows that students are not ready for even a semi-rigorous course on analysis until they have acquired the intuitions and the sheer technical skills that come from a traditional calculus course. 1 Real analysis, I have always thought, is the pons asinorv.m of modern mathematics. This shows, I suppose, how much progress we have made in two thousand years, for it is a great deal more sophisticated than the Theorem of Pythagoras, which once received that title. All who have taught the subject know how patient one has to be, for the ideas take root gradually, even in students of good ability. This is not too surprising, since it took more than two centuries for calculus to evolve into what we now call analysis, and even a gifted student, guided by an expert teacher, cannot be expected to grasp all of the issues immediately.
Real Analysis is a comprehensive introduction to this core subject and is ideal for self-study or as a course textbook for first and second-year undergraduates. Combining an informal style with precision mathematics, the book covers all the key topics with fully worked examples and exercises with solutions. All the concepts and techniques are deployed in examples in the final chapter to provide the student with a thorough understanding of this challenging subject. This book offers a fresh approach to a core subject and manages to provide a gentle and clear introduction without sacrificing rigour or accuracy.
Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index.
Table of Contents
Introductory Ideas.- Sequences and Series.- Functions and Continuity.- Differentiation.- Integration.- The Logarithmic and Exponential Functions.- Sequences and Series of Functions.- The Circular Functions.- Miscellaneous Examples.- Solutions to Exercises.- Appendix: The Greek Alphabet.- Bibliography.- Index.