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Non-Associative Normed Algebras

Volume 1. The Vidav–Palmer and Gelfand–Naimark Theorems


Part of Encyclopedia of Mathematics and its Applications

  • Date Published: July 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107043060

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  • This first systematic account of the basic theory of normed algebras, without assuming associativity, includes many new and unpublished results and is sure to become a central resource for researchers and graduate students in the field. This first volume focuses on the non-associative generalizations of (associative) C*-algebras provided by the so-called non-associative Gelfand–Naimark and Vidav–Palmer theorems, which give rise to alternative C*-algebras and non-commutative JB*-algebras, respectively. The relationship between non-commutative JB*-algebras and JB*-triples is also fully discussed. The second volume covers Zel'manov's celebrated work in Jordan theory to derive classification theorems for non-commutative JB*-algebras and JB*-triples, as well as other topics. The book interweaves pure algebra, geometry of normed spaces, and complex analysis, and includes a wealth of historical comments, background material, examples and exercises. The authors also provide an extensive bibliography.

    • Brings together for the first time material and results scattered across the literature
    • Authors are both leading experts in the field
    • This first volume on C
    • -algebras will be of particular interest to functional analysts
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    '… an impressive piece of work written by two experts in the theory of normed algebras whose multiplication may not be associative … This review is certainly too brief to do justice to the rich contents of this book, which is a welcome addition to the literature on functional analysis and is definitely useful to anyone with an interest in this area and related topics, ranging from beginner operator theorists to people interested in specific problems involving non-associative algebras.' Daniel Beltita, Mathematical Reviews

    'I dare say that this book is the first detailed treatise whose primary goal is the study of normed nonassociative algebras. The two authors are recognized experts in this topic, which combines functional analysis, geometry of Banach spaces and what could be called structure theory of algebras which are nearly associative.' Antonio Fernández López, zbMATH (

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    • Date Published: July 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107043060
    • length: 733 pages
    • dimensions: 240 x 159 x 44 mm
    • weight: 1.23kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 20 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Foundations
    2. Beginning the proof of the non-associative Vidav–Palmer theorem
    3. Concluding the proof of the non-associative Vidav–Palmer theorem
    4. Jordan spectral theory
    Symbol index
    Subject index.

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    Non-Associative Normed Algebras

    Miguel Cabrera García, Ángel Rodríguez Palacios

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    Miguel Cabrera García, Universidad de Granada
    Miguel Cabrera García is Professor in the Department of Mathematical Analysis at the University of Granada, Spain.

    Ángel Rodríguez Palacios, Universidad de Granada
    Ángel Rodríguez Palacios is Professor in the Department of Mathematical Analysis at the University of Granada, Spain.

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