Postmodern Analysis

  • Jürgen Jost

Part of the Universitext book series (UTX)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Calculus for Functions of One Variable

  3. Topological Concepts

  4. Calculus in Euclidean and Banach Spaces

  5. The Lebesgue Integral

  6. Lp and Sobolev Spaces

  7. Introduction to the Calculus of Variations and Elliptic Partial Differential Equations

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 365-375

About this book


What is the title of this book intended to signify, what connotations is the adjective “Postmodern” meant to carry? A potential reader will surely pose this question. To answer it, I should describe what distinguishes the - proach to analysis presented here from what has by its protagonists been called “Modern Analysis”. “Modern Analysis” as represented in the works of the Bourbaki group or in the textbooks by Jean Dieudonn´ e is characterized by its systematic and axiomatic treatment and by its drive towards a high level of abstraction. Given the tendency of many prior treatises on analysis to degenerate into a collection of rather unconnected tricks to solve special problems, this de?nitely represented a healthy achievement. In any case, for the development of a consistent and powerful mathematical theory, it seems to be necessary to concentrate solely on the internal problems and structures and to neglect the relations to other ?elds of scienti?c, even of mathematical study for a certain while. Almost complete isolation may be required to reach the level of intellectual elegance and perfection that only a good mathem- ical theory can acquire. However, once this level has been reached, it can be useful to open one’s eyes again to the inspiration coming from concrete external problems.


Banach and Hilbert space Continuous and differentiable functions Lebesgue integration theory Sobolev space Sobolov spaces analysis calculus of variations differential equations implicit function theorem

Authors and affiliations

  • Jürgen Jost
    • 1
  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the SciencesLeipzigGermany

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