- Functional analysis
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Functional analysis is the branch of
mathematics, and specifically of analysis, concerned with the study of vector spaces and operators acting upon them. It has its historical roots in the study of functional spaces, in particular transformations of functions, such as the Fourier transform, as well as in the study of differential and integral equations. This usage of the word "functional" goes back to the calculus of variations, implying a function whose argument is a function. Its use in general has been attributed to mathematician and physicist Vito Volterraand its founding is largely attributed to mathematician Stefan Banach.
Normed vector spaces
In the modern view, functional analysis is seen as the study of complete
normed vector spaces over the real or complex numbers. Such spaces are called Banach spaces. An important example is a Hilbert space, where the norm arises from an inner product. These spaces are of fundamental importance in many areas, including the mathematical formulation of quantum mechanics. More generally, functional analysis includes the study of Fréchet spaces and other topological vector spaces not endowed with a norm.
An important object of study in functional analysis are the continuous linear operators defined on Banach and Hilbert spaces. These lead naturally to the definition of
C*-algebras and other operator algebras.
Hilbert spaces can be completely classified: there is a unique Hilbert space up to isomorphismfor every cardinality of the base. Since finite-dimensional Hilbert spaces are fully understood in linear algebra, and since morphismsof Hilbert spaces can always be divided into morphisms of spaces with Aleph-null(ℵ0) dimensionality, functional analysis of Hilbert spaces mostly deals with the unique Hilbert space of dimensionality Aleph-null, and its morphisms. One of the open problems in functional analysis is to prove that every operator on a Hilbert space has a proper invariant subspace. Many special cases have already been proven.
Banach spaces are more complicated. There is no clear definition of what would constitute a base, for example.
For any real number "p" ≥ 1, an example of a Banach space is given by "all
Lebesgue-measurable functions whose absolute value's "p"-th power has finite integral" (see L"p" spaces).
In Banach spaces, a large part of the study involves the
dual space: the space of all continuous linear functionals. The dual of the dual is not always isomorphic to the original space, but there is always a natural monomorphismfrom a space into its dual's dual. This is explained in the dual spacearticle.
Also, the notion of
derivativecan be extended to arbitrary functions between Banach spaces. See, for instance, the Fréchet derivativearticle.
Major and foundational results
Important results of functional analysis include:
uniform boundedness principle(also known as Banach-Steinhaus theorem) applies to sets of operators with uniform bounds.
*One of the
spectral theorems (there are indeed more than one) gives an integral formula for the normal operatorson a Hilbert space. This theorem is of central importance for the mathematical formulation of quantum mechanics.
Hahn-Banach theoremextends functionals from a subspace to the full space, in a norm-preserving fashion. An implication is the non-triviality of dual spaces.
*The open mapping theorem and
closed graph theorem.
List of functional analysis topics.
Foundations of mathematics considerations
Most spaces considered in functional analysis have infinite dimension. To show the existence of a
vector space basisfor such spaces may require Zorn's lemma. Many very important theorems require the Hahn-Banach theorem, usually proved using axiom of choice, although the strictly weaker Boolean prime ideal theoremsuffices.
Points of view
Functional analysis in its present form includes the following tendencies:
*"Soft analysis". An approach to analysis based on
topological groups, topological rings, and topological vector spaces;
Banach spaces". A combinatorialapproach primarily due to Jean Bourgain;
Noncommutative geometry". Developed by Alain Connes, partly building on earlier notions, such as George Mackey's approach to ergodic theory;
quantum mechanics". Either narrowly defined as in mathematical physics, or broadly interpreted by, e.g. Israel Gelfand, to include most types of representation theory.
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