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What preparation is necessary for Rudin's Mathematical Analysis?

  1. Feb 11, 2008 #1
    I was wondering what knowledge is necessary before attempting to read Rudin's Principles of Mathematical Analysis. I heard somewhere that Axiomatic Set Theory by Suppes is a good start. Maybe a topology book. And probably a good understanding of calculus and linear algebra. Anything else come to mind?
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  3. Feb 11, 2008 #2
    That sounds like a whole lot of overkill for that book. Perhaps what you've heard refers to Real and Complex Analysis? Even then...
  4. Feb 11, 2008 #3
    Calculus. I had linear algebra prior to real analysis, but it wasn't really necessary.
  5. Feb 11, 2008 #4
    thanks for the advice. I'm going to get the book from the library soon and get started.
  6. Feb 12, 2008 #5
    I'd recommend Munkres' Topology as a good companion text.
  7. Feb 14, 2008 #6
    If you aren't used to doing proofs then you might want to find a book on the basics of proofs. "How to Prove It" by Velleman has a good reputation.

    If you're studying on your own, access to someone who knows analysis well (e.g. a professor) is great.

    Also, MIT uses this book for their real analysis course, and the open courseware has some solutions to the problems (and extra problems).
  8. Mar 6, 2008 #7
    try Elementary analysis by Kenneth ross. Its an easier read and it covers only single variable topics, but its good prep for rudin.
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