This new approach to real analysis stresses the use of the subject in applications, by showing how the principles and theory of real analysis can be applied in a variety of settings in subjects ranging from Fourier series and polynomial approximation to discrete dynamical systems and nonlinear optimization. Users will be prepared for more intensive work in each topic through these applications and their accompanying exercises. Chapter topics under the abstract analysis heading include: the real numbers, series, the topology of R^n, functions, normed vector spaces, differentiation and integration, and limits of functions. Applications cover approximation by polynomials, discrete dynamical systems, differential equations, Fourier series and physics, Fourier series and approximation, wavelets, and convexity and optimization. This book is appropriate for math enthusiasts with a prior knowledge of both calculus and linear algebra.
Review of the first edition, Real Analysis with Real Applications:
"A well balanced book! The first solid analysis course, with proofs, is central in the offerings of any math.-dept.; — and yet, the new books that hit the market don't always hit the mark: The balance between theory and applications, — between technical proofs and intuitive ideas, — between classical and modern subjects, and between real life exercises vs. the ones that drill a new concept. The Davidson-Donsig book is outstanding, and it does hit the mark. The writing is both systematic and engaged.- Refreshing! Novel: includes wavelets, approximation theory, discrete dynamics, differential equations, Fourier analysis, and wave mechanics." (Palle E. T. Jorgenson, Review from Amazon.com)