Quasi-Banach spaces. (English) Zbl 1059.46004

Johnson, W. B. (ed.) et al., Handbook of the geometry of Banach spaces. Volume 2. Amsterdam: North-Holland (ISBN 0-444-51305-1/hbk). 1099-1130 (2003).
Quasi-Banach spaces are respectable. To be sure, the spectacular failure of some of our favorite theorems (Hahn-Banach and Krein-Milman) has given them a bad press. Nevertheless, they have not only a decent theory in their own right, but also applications to other areas. For example, the introduction here mentions the role of the naturally occurring Hardy spaces \(H^p\), for \(p<1\), in studying holomorphic functions of several variables. Section 4 shows how quasi-Banach spaces and quasi-linear mappings arise naturally in solutions of the “three space problem”; indeed the category of Banach spaces is too small for this topic. The connections between quasi-linear mappings and the Hyers-Ulam problem about stability of linear functions is also mentioned. They are also connected with interpolation spaces, for which one recent reference is [M. Cwikel, N. Kalton, M. Milman, and R. Rochberg, Adv. Math. 169, No. 2, 241–312 (2002; Zbl 1022.46017)].
This survey gives a comprehensive account of the theory of quasi-Banach spaces without overselling the applications. Other topics discussed at length include the negative solution to the basic sequence problem for quasi-Banach spaces, the existence of spaces (even quotients of subspaces of \(L_p\) for \(p<1\)) whose algebras of bounded linear operators are one-dimensional, examples of quasi-Banach spaces with trivial duals yet which admit compact operators, tensor products, quasi-Banach algebras, quasi-Banach lattices, and analytic functions taking values in quasi-Banach spaces. The concluding section briefly mentions the problem of topological and uniform classification of linear metric spaces.
For the entire collection see [Zbl 1013.46001].


46A16 Not locally convex spaces (metrizable topological linear spaces, locally bounded spaces, quasi-Banach spaces, etc.)
46B03 Isomorphic theory (including renorming) of Banach spaces
46-00 General reference works (handbooks, dictionaries, bibliographies, etc.) pertaining to functional analysis


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