Functional Analysis Seminar
Spring 2019

Banach space theory

Marcel de Jeu (
Onno van Gaans (

If you are interested please contact Marcel de Jeu or Onno van Gaans.

The study of Banach spaces started in the early years of functional analysis and has been an active area of research ever since. The aim is to understand the structure of Banach spaces, in order to be able to answer natural questions about commonly occurring Banach spaces and also in order to obtain a better understanding of operators between Banach spaces. For example, there do not appear to be natural isometries between the lp-spaces for different p, but that does not show that such isometries do not exist. Is it, in fact, true that these spaces are pairwise non-isometric? If two of these spaces are not isometric, are they then perhaps still isomorphic? The cases where p equals 1 or infinity are easily set aside by considering reflexivity or separability, but how about the others? Can one of these spaces be isometric/isomorphic to a closed subspace of an other space in the family? How is this when also the classical Lebesgue Lp-spaces on the unit interval are taken into consideration, or spaces of continuous functions on compact Hausdorff spaces? Studying such questions has led to an attractive and well-developed theory with many deep results.
We intend to cover aspects of this theory on basis of the second edition of the book by Albiac and Kalton on the subject. The late Nigel Kalton was one of the grandmasters of the field, and this very well-written book has quickly become a standard reference.

Intended for
Students, PhD students, and faculty.

Proficiency in the functional analytic language at the level corresponding to a solid `pass' for the national functional analysis course in the Mastermath programme. An introductory course in functional analysis is usually not sufficient.

Fernando Albiac and Nigel J. Kalton, Topics in Banach space theory. Second edition, Graduate Texts in Mathematics Vol. 233, Springer, 2016. ISBN: 978-3-319-31555-3 (hardcover); 978-3-319-81063-8 (softcover); 978-3-319-31557-7 (e-book).
When working on a computer at the Mathematical Institute in Leiden, it is possible to order a softcover copy for 25 euros via SpringerLink. This may also be the case at other institutes.

Mathematical Institute, Leiden University, Niels Bohrweg 1 (Snellius building), Leiden. See here for directions.
All lectures are in room 408.

Dates and time (may still change a little on basis of the participants' preferences)
Friday afternoons, 14.00-17.00hr (at the latest), on:
15 February
22 February
1 March
8 March
22 March
5 April (to be confirmed)
12 April
26 April
3 May
10 May
17 May
24 May
7 June

6 EC for participation and delivering an afternoon filling lecture.

It is enevitable that some topics are more suitable for an attractive presentation than others, so, as in previous years, there will be no grades but simply a `pass'.

Please note
If you are a student, but not from Leiden, contact your study advisor or exam committee beforehand about the eligibility of this seminar for your own programme, in order to prevent unwanted surprises. If your institute should require this, then, although this is not the preferred method, a grade could be supplied instead of a `pass'.


The detailed schedule, with names of lecturers and topics added to the dates, will appear below in due time. In previous years, the first couple of meetings were always `covered' by asking people from Leiden beforehand. The remainder of the schedule was then filled after the first meeting. In this way, later lecturers had sufficient time to prepare.

Lecture 1: 15 February 2019: Onno van Gaans
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Lecture 2: 22 February 2019: Mayke Straatman
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Lecture 3: 1 March 2019: Ivan Yaroslavtsev
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Lecture 4: 8 March 2019: speaker TBA
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Lecture 5: 22 March 2019: speaker TBA
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Lecture 6: 5 April 2019 (to be confirmed): speaker TBA
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Lecture 7: 12 April 2019: speaker TBA
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Lecture 8: 26 April 2019: speaker TBA
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Lecture 9: 3 May 2019: speaker TBA
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Lecture 10: 10 May 2019: speaker TBA
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Lecture 11: 17 May 2019: speaker TBA
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Lecture 12: 24 May 2019: speaker TBA
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Lecture 13: 7 June 2019: speaker TBA
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