The Real Numbers and Real Analysis

Authors: Bloch, Ethan D.

  • Provides an unusually thorough treatment of the real numbers, emphasizing their importance as the basis of real analysis
  • Presents material in an order resembling that of standard calculus courses, for the sake of student familiarity, and for helping future teachers use real analysis to better understand calculus
  • Emphasizes the direct role of the Least Upper Bound Property in the study of limits, derivatives and integrals, rather than making use of sequences for proofs
  • Presents the equivalence of various important theorems of real analysis with the Least Upper Bound Property
  • Relates real analysis to previously learned materal, including detailed discussion of such topics as the transcendental functions, area and the number pi
  • Offers three different entryways into the study of real numbers, depending on the student audience
  • Contains historical context, biographical anecdotes, and reflections on the material in each chapter
  • Includes over 350 exercises, reinforcing concepts
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About this Textbook

This text is a rigorous, detailed introduction to real analysis that presents the fundamentals with clear exposition and carefully written definitions, theorems, and proofs.  The choice of material and the flexible organization, including three different entryways into the study of the real numbers, making it equally appropriate to undergraduate mathematics majors who want to continue in mathematics, and to future mathematics teachers who want to understand the theory behind calculus.  The Real Numbers and Real Analysis is accessible to students who have prior experience with mathematical proofs and who have not previously studied real analysis. The text includes over 350 exercises.

 

Key features of this textbook:

 

- provides an unusually thorough treatment of the real numbers, emphasizing their importance as the basis of real analysis

 

- presents material in an order resembling that of standard calculus courses, for the sake of student familiarity, and for helping future teachers use real analysis to better understand calculus

 

- emphasizes the direct role of the Least Upper Bound Property in the study of limits, derivatives and integrals, rather than relying upon sequences for proofs; presents the equivalence of various important theorems of real analysis with the Least Upper Bound Property

 

- includes a thorough discussion of some topics, such as decimal expansion of real numbers, transcendental functions, area and the number p, that relate to calculus but that are not always treated in detail in real analysis texts

 

- offers substantial historical material in each chapter

 

This book will serve as an excellent one-semester text for undergraduates majoring in mathematics, and for students in mathematics education who want a thorough understanding of the theory behind the real number system and calculus.

About the authors

Dr. Ethan D. Bloch of Bard College is the author of two Springer publications "A First Course in Geometric Topology and Differential Geometry," and the first and second editions of, "Proofs and Fundamentals: A First Course in Abstract Mathematics." More information about Dr. Ethan D. Bloch can be found on his person web page: http://math.bard.edu/bloch

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From the reviews:

“The author’s purpose is to cover with this book the necessary mathematical background for secondary school teachers. The book is also useful for an introductory one real variable analysis course. … The book has an interesting and useful collection of exercises … . Last but not least, the historic notes are excellent. … I consider this book of great interest for the academic training of the future secondary school teachers, so the author’s purpose is greatly fulfilled.” (Juan Ferrera, The European Mathematical Society, April, 2013)

“Bloch (Bard College) has written an introductory book on analysis at the undergraduate level, with enough material for at least two semesters of studies. The author writes very carefully and includes numerous examples and historical insights. The exposition is generally excellent. The book provides all proofs with enough details for most undergraduates to follow through without undue difficulties… Overall, an excellent book. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty.”

—D. M. Ha, Ryerson University, Choice, February 2012

“The most distinctive characteristic of this text on real analysis is its three-in-one feature. It was designed specifically for three distinct groups of students. … The book was motivated by a need for a textbook for the M.A.T. students, but is intended to have enough flexibility to serve the other groups as well. … this is a strong text, especially for students who need more guidance and support. The book gives an instructor plenty of options for planning a course.” (William J. Satzer, The Mathematical Association of America, August, 2011)


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Real Numbers and Real Analysis
Authors
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-72177-4
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-72177-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-72176-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-9834-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVIII, 554
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