Nonstandard Analysis for the Working Mathematician

  • Peter A. Loeb
  • Manfred P. H. Wolff

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. An Introduction to Nonstandard Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Peter A. Loeb
      Pages 79-104
  3. Functional Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Manfred P. H. Wolff
      Pages 107-162
  4. Compactifications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Matt Insall, Peter A. Loeb, Małgorzata Aneta Marciniak
      Pages 165-176
  5. Measure and Probability Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Horst Osswald
      Pages 179-231
    3. Horst Osswald
      Pages 233-319
  6. Economics and Nonstandard Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 347-347
  7. Combinatorial Number Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 401-401
    2. Mauro Di Nasso
      Pages 443-474
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 475-481

About this book


Starting with a simple formulation accessible to all mathematicians, this second edition is designed to provide a thorough introduction to nonstandard analysis. Nonstandard analysis is now a well-developed, powerful instrument for solving open problems in almost all disciplines of mathematics; it is often used as a ‘secret weapon’ by those who know the technique.

This book illuminates the subject with some of the most striking applications in analysis, topology, functional analysis, probability and stochastic analysis, as well as applications in economics and combinatorial number theory. The first chapter is designed to facilitate the beginner in learning this technique by starting with calculus and basic real analysis. The second chapter provides the reader with the most important tools of nonstandard analysis: the transfer principle, Keisler’s internal definition principle, the spill-over principle, and saturation. The remaining chapters of the book study different fields for applications; each begins with a gentle introduction before then exploring solutions to open problems.

All chapters within this second edition have been reworked and updated, with several completely new chapters on compactifications and number theory. Nonstandard Analysis for the Working Mathematician will be accessible to both experts and non-experts, and will ultimately provide many new and helpful insights into the enterprise of mathematics.


Banach Spaces Combinatorial Number Theory Compactifications Linear Operators Loeb Probability Theory Mathematical Economics Nonstandard Analysis Stochastic Analysis

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter A. Loeb
    • 1
  • Manfred P. H. Wolff
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA
  2. 2.Mathematical InstituteUniversity of TübingenTübingenGermany

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