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: Analysis 2 Textbook recommendations please?

  1. Nov 27, 2012 #1

    My father will be visiting the UK soon. I live in a developing country where not many books are available, so he'll be bringing them here. Now, I have already compiled a list of quite a few books. I am particularly looking forward to Munkres' Topology and Sutherland's Metric Spaces and Topology. However I need a real analysis book, at a level higher that Spivak's Calculus textbook, which I have completed. My 'mathematical maturity' is at the level of Spivak's Calculus, Shilov's linear algebra, Tennenbaum's differential equations, and parts of Apostol's Analysis, etc. I have already had cookbook James Stewart style non rigorous calculus course. I know its not much but I've turned 18 not long ago, and I haven't started college yet (begins fall 2013 I hope).

    I would prefer something at the level of Spivak's calculus on manifolds, but its very terse I've noticed from Amazon. What about Munkres' Analysis on Manifolds? Ideally one of these two should do, but I would like to know which would be more appropriate, given that I will be mostly using them for self-study? Also is Pugh's Analysis similar to either of these? The book for me should cover multivariable analysis, with a proof of Stoke's theorem, manifolds etc. Throw in any other suggestions you like! :)

    Professor Mathwonk, if you're here Sir, I'm really looking forward to your post :)

    Thank You!!!

    Last edited: Nov 27, 2012
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  3. Nov 28, 2012 #2
    Spivak's Calculus is not quite at the level of introductory real analysis, so moving to a second course in real analysis would be quite a jump. If I were you, I would first learn single variable analysis. Rudin's Principles of Mathematical Analysis essentially boils Spivak's Calculus down to 170 short pages and examines everything from a more general and comprehensive point of view. It should definitely be accessible to you.

    After that you will certainly be much more prepared to tackle Spivak's Calculus on Manifolds. Munkres' Analysis book will take you to the same place but with much more words.
  4. Nov 28, 2012 #3
    I own/have access to all three books you mentioned but unfortunately since we only recently got to differential forms in my analysis class, I haven't read them in detail. You are right in that Spivak seems terse although people say if you work out the exercises you'll be golden. As for Pugh, I like his style but keep in mind that he only devotes one out of the 6 chapters in his book to multivariable calculus so his whole treatment is around 50-60 pages long. I would say Munkres would be the most detailed and user-friendly as he motivates things quite well and breaks long up proofs into steps and stuff like that. So if you had to choose one, I'd go for Munkres.
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