Nonsymmetric Distances and Their Associated Topologies: About the Origins of Basic Ideas in the Area of Asymmetric Topology

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We begin with some remarks explaining the structure of this article. After some introductory statements in the following paragraphs, we summarize the historic development of what is now often called “Nonsymmetric or Asymmetric Topology” in Section 2. In the following, more specific sections we discuss the historic development of some of the main ideas of the area in greater detail. The list of sections and keywords given above should help the specialist to find his way through the various sections.

Dedicated to Professor Dr. Horst Herrlich on the occasion of his sixtieth birthday