By Volker Runde

If arithmetic is a language, then taking a topology direction on the undergraduate point is cramming vocabulary and memorizing abnormal verbs: an important, yet no longer continually intriguing workout one has to head via earlier than you can learn nice works of literature within the unique language.

The current e-book grew out of notes for an introductory topology direction on the college of Alberta. It offers a concise creation to set-theoretic topology (and to a tiny bit of algebraic topology). it really is available to undergraduates from the second one 12 months on, yet even starting graduate scholars can reap the benefits of a few parts.

Great care has been dedicated to the choice of examples that aren't self-serving, yet already available for college students who've a history in calculus and user-friendly algebra, yet now not unavoidably in actual or complicated analysis.

In a few issues, the ebook treats its fabric in a different way than different texts at the subject:

* Baire's theorem is derived from Bourbaki's Mittag-Leffler theorem;

* Nets are used generally, specifically for an intuitive facts of Tychonoff's theorem;

* a brief and chic, yet little recognized evidence for the Stone-Weierstrass theorem is given.

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The vast majority of mathematicians today are working within the framework of ZF, even though most of them would probably ﬂunk a quiz on what precisely its axioms are. For a very accessible introduction to ZF-style axiomatic set theory see [Halmos 74]; despite its title, the set theory presented there is not naive in any way. By the early twentieth century, set theory had become accepted by most mathematicians. ” The axiom of choice (AC) is independent of ZF: both ZF + AC, that is, ZF with the axiom of choice added as an additional axiom, and ZF + ¬AC, where the negation of AC is added as an axiom, are free from contradictions.

In Rn , the converse holds as well: Every Cauchy sequence converges. For ∞ general metric spaces, this is clearly false: the sequence n1 n=1 is a Cauchy sequence in the metric space (0, 1)—equipped with its canonical metric—but has no limit in that space. This makes the following deﬁnition signiﬁcant. 3. A metric space (X, d) is called complete if every Cauchy sequence in X converges. A normed space that is complete with respect to the metric induced by its norm is also called a Banach space. 4.

Let y ∈ Y , and let > 0. Choose m ∈ N such that m ≤ 2 . Since 1 C is dense in X, there is n ∈ N such that d(y, xn ) < m . By the deﬁnition of A, this means that (n, m) ∈ A. It follows that d(y, yn,m ) ≤ d(y, xn ) + d(xn , yn,m ) < 2 ≤ . 13, this means that y lies in the closure of CY in Y . 18. (a) The irrational numbers are a separable subspace of R. 2(d); that is, d(f, g) = sup |f (n) − g(n)| (f, g ∈ X). n∈N We claim that X is not separable. We assume towards a contradiction that X is separable.