Perturbation theory for linear operators. Reprint of the corr. print. of the 2nd ed. 1980. (English) Zbl 0836.47009

Classics in Mathematics. Berlin: Springer-Verlag. xxi, 619 p. (1995).
The monograph by T. Kato is an excellent textbook in the theory of linear operators in Banach and Hilbert spaces. It is a thoroughly worthwhile reference work both for graduate students in functional analysis as well as for researchers in perturbation, spectral, and scattering theory.
In chapters 1, 3, 5 operators in finite-dimensional vector spaces, Banach spaces and Hilbert spaces are introduced. Stability and perturbation theory are studied in finite-dimensional spaces (chapter 2) and in Banach spaces (chapter 4). Sesquilinear forms in Hilbert spaces are considered in detail (chapter 6), analytic and asymptotic perturbation theory is described (chapter 7 and 8). The fundamentals of semigroup theory are given in chapter 9. The supplementary notes appearing in the second edition of the book gave mainly additional information concerning scattering theory described in chapter 10.
The first edition is now 30 years old. The revised edition is 20 years old. Nevertheless it is a standard textbook for the theory of linear operators. It is user-friendly in the sense that any sought after definitions, theorems or proofs may be easily located. In the last two decades much progress has been made in understanding some of the topics dealt with in the book, for instance in semigroup and scattering theory. However the book has such a high didactical and scientific standard that I can recomment it for any mathematician or physicist interested in this field.


47A55 Perturbation theory of linear operators
47-02 Research exposition (monographs, survey articles) pertaining to operator theory
47A40 Scattering theory of linear operators
47A10 Spectrum, resolvent
47D06 One-parameter semigroups and linear evolution equations