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A New Approach to Real Analysis


  • Beardon is an excellent writer and teacher (Cambridge)

  • By unifying and simplifying all the various notions of limit, the author has successfully presented a unique and novel approach to the subject matter, which has not previously appeared in book form

  • The author defines what is meant by a limit just once, and all of the subsequent limiting processes will be seen as special cases of this one definition


Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics book series (UTM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alan F. Beardon
      Pages 3-9
    3. Alan F. Beardon
      Pages 10-21
  3. Limits

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Alan F. Beardon
      Pages 25-49
    3. Alan F. Beardon
      Pages 50-59
    4. Alan F. Beardon
      Pages 60-82
    5. Alan F. Beardon
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  4. Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Alan F. Beardon
      Pages 99-115
    3. Alan F. Beardon
      Pages 116-130
    4. Alan F. Beardon
      Pages 131-147
    5. Alan F. Beardon
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    6. Alan F. Beardon
      Pages 170-182
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 183-190

About this book


Broadly speaking, analysis is the study of limiting processes such as sum­ ming infinite series and differentiating and integrating functions, and in any of these processes there are two issues to consider; first, there is the question of whether or not the limit exists, and second, assuming that it does, there is the problem of finding its numerical value. By convention, analysis is the study oflimiting processes in which the issue of existence is raised and tackled in a forthright manner. In fact, the problem of exis­ tence overshadows that of finding the value; for example, while it might be important to know that every polynomial of odd degree has a zero (this is a statement of existence), it is not always necessary to know what this zero is (indeed, if it is irrational, we may never know what its true value is). Despite the fact that this book has much in common with other texts on analysis, its approach to the subject differs widely from any other text known to the author. In other texts, each limiting process is discussed, in detail and at length before the next process. There are several disadvan­ tages in this approach. First, there is the need for a different definition for each concept, even though the student will ultimately realise that these different definitions have much in common.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical StatisticsUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeEngland, UK

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Limits
  • Book Subtitle A New Approach to Real Analysis
  • Authors Alan F. Beardon
  • Series Title Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-98274-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4612-6872-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4612-0697-2
  • Series ISSN 0172-6056
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 190
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Real Functions
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