Home  Contact Us  Orders: US  Orders: other countries   Review Shopping Cart

Serious mathematics, written with the reader in mind.

Matrix Editions

Current Books

Future Books


Math Links

Math in literature

Other Books








Review from Choice Magazine

Functional Analysis
Volume 1: A Gentle Introduction


Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries is published by the American Library Association. A reader survey ranked it "the best short critical evaluations of new titles available anywhere" .

The following review appeared in the March 2007 issue.   

"This first volume in a projected three-volume set on functional analysis calls nothing more to mind than the massive first volume of the classic 1960s-era series by Nelson Dunford and Jacob T. Schwartz, Linear
Operators (3 v., 1967-71). Where the latter was a terse, exhaustive encyclopedic compendium of all there was to know on the subject, however, the present volume sets out instead to offer a thorough, deliberately slow textbook presentation of all the standard topics any introductory functional analysis course might wish to cover, along with a multitude of instructive examples and, more importantly, counterexamples. 

Numerous exercises appear after each section, and a long appendix (exceeding 100 pages) presents detailed solutions to a good half of them. Author Ha largely succeeds in his stated aim "to write a textbook that I would like to have studied from as a student."

Multiple appendixes (the rest including prerequisites from set theory and linear algebra), along with a nice bibliography, list of notations, and thorough index bring up the rear of this highly accessible, self-contained work. Summing Up: Highly recommended. 

Upper-division undergraduates; graduate students." F. E. J. Linton, emeritus, Wesleyan University    

Reprinted with permission from  Choice . Copyright by the American Library Association