Synopses & Reviews
Intended as a systematic text on topological vector spaces, this text assumes familiarity with the elements of general topology and linear algebra. Similarly, the elementary facts on Hilbert and Banach spaces are not discussed in detail here, since the book is mainly addressed to those readers who wish to go beyond the introductory level. Each of the chapters is preceded by an introduction and followed by exercises, which in turn are devoted to further results and supplements, in particular, to examples and counter-examples, and hints have been given where appropriate. This second edition has been thoroughly revised and includes a new chapter on C^* and W^* algebras.
"The book has firmly established itself both as a superb introduction to the subject and as a very common source of reference. It is beccoming evident that the book itself will only become irrelevant and pale into insignificance when (and if!) the entire subject of topological vector spaces does. An attractive feature of the book is that it is essentially self-contained, and thus perfectly suitable for senior students having a basic training in the area of elementary functional analysis and set-theoretic topology. My view - let even possibly biased for sentimental resasons - is that the book under review would make for a very practical and useful addition to every matahemtaician's personal office collection." Vladimir Pestov in Nesletter of the New Zealand Mathematical Society, August 2000 Second Edition H.H. Schaefer and M.P. Wolff Topological Vector Spaces "The reliable textbook, highly esteemed by several generations of students since its first edition in 1966 . . . The book contains a large number of interesting exercises . . . the book of Schaefer and Wolff is worth reading."--ZENTRALBLATT MATH
The present book is intended to be a systematic text on topological vector spaces and presupposes familiarity with the elements of general topology and linear algebra. The author has found it unnecessary to rederive these results, since they are equally basic for many other areas of mathematics, and every beginning graduate student is likely to have made their acquaintance. Simi larly, the elementary facts on Hilbert and Banach spaces are widely known and are not discussed in detail in this book, which is: plainly addressed to those readers who have attained and wish to get beyond the introductory level. The book has its origin in courses given by the author at Washington State University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Ttibingen in the years 1958-1963. At that time there existed no reasonably ccmplete text on topological vector spaces in English, and there seemed to be a genuine need for a book on this subject. This situation changed in 1963 with the appearance of the book by Kelley, Namioka et al. 1] which, through its many elegant proofs, has had some influence on the final draft of this manuscript. Yet the two books appear to be sufficiently different in spirit and subject matter to justify the publication of this manuscript; in particular, the present book includes a discussion of topological tensor products, nuclear spaces, ordered topological vector spaces, and an appendix on positive operators."
Includes bibliographical references (p. 330-340) and indexes.
Table of Contents
Prerequisites.- Topological Vector Spaces.- Locally Convex Topological Vector Spaces.- Linear Mappings.- Duality.- Order Structures.- Spectral Properties of Positive Operators.- C^* and W^* Algebras