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An Introduction to C*-Algebras and the Classification Program

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  • © 2021


  • Includes well-explained examples
  • Gives a comprehensive overview on the theory of C*-algebras
  • Evolves from a course given at the CRM in Barcelona

Part of the book series: Advanced Courses in Mathematics - CRM Barcelona (ACMBIRK)

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Table of contents (18 chapters)


About this book

This book is directed towards graduate students that wish to start from the basic theory of C*-algebras and advance to an overview of some of the most spectacular results concerning the structure of nuclear C*-algebras.

The text is divided into three parts. First, elementary notions, classical theorems and constructions are developed. Then, essential examples in the theory, such as crossed products and the class of quasidiagonal C*-algebras, are examined, and finally, the Elliott invariant, the Cuntz semigroup, and the Jiang-Su algebra are defined. It is shown how these objects have played a fundamental role in understanding the fine structure of nuclear C*-algebras. To help understanding the theory, plenty of examples, treated in detail, are included.

This volume will also be valuable to researchers in the area as a reference guide. It contains an extensive reference list to guide readers that wish to travel further.


“The book is extremely readable. … The book is also self-contained, and cross-references to results and definitions in the text are clear and precise. … this book is a very welcome contribution to the literature. … On the whole, the book is well written and engaging.” (Elizabeth Anne Gillaspy, Mathematical Reviews, March, 2023)

“The book under review provides an overview of this classification theorem, together with a thorough introduction to the general theory of C*-algebras.” (Zhuang Niu, zbMATH 1479.46003, 2022)

Authors, Editors and Affiliations

  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Departament de Matemàtiques, Barcelona, Spain

    Francesc Perera

  • Institute of Mathematics, Czech Academy of Sciences, Praha, Czech Republic

    Karen R. Strung

About the editor

​Karen R. Strung is a researcher in the Department of Abstract Analysis at the Institute of Mathematics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, in Prague, Czechia. I study the classification and structure of C*-algebras and their connections to dynamical systems.

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