written with the reader in mind
640 pages, Hardcover, smythe-sewn binding
2006, $73 Add to cart
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
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