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Mathematics
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Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. There is a range of views among mathematicians and philosophers as to the exact scope, Mathematicians seek out patterns and use them to formulate new conjectures. Mathematicians resolve the truth or falsity of conjectures by mathematical proof, when mathematical structures are good models of real phenomena, then mathematical reasoning can provide insight or predictions about nature. Through the use of abstraction and logic, mathematics developed from counting, calculation, measurement, practical mathematics has been a human activity from as far back as written records exist. The research required to solve mathematical problems can take years or even centuries of sustained inquiry, rigorous arguments first appeared in Greek mathematics, most notably in Euclids Elements. Galileo Galilei said, The universe cannot be read until we have learned the language and it is written in mathematical language, and the letters are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without which means it is humanly impossible to comprehend a single word. Without these, one is wandering about in a dark labyrinth, carl Friedrich Gauss referred to mathematics as the Queen of the Sciences. Benjamin Peirce called mathematics the science that draws necessary conclusions, David Hilbert said of mathematics, We are not speaking here of arbitrariness in any sense. Mathematics is not like a game whose tasks are determined by arbitrarily stipulated rules, rather, it is a conceptual system possessing internal necessity that can only be so and by no means otherwise. Albert Einstein stated that as far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, Mathematics is essential in many fields, including natural science, engineering, medicine, finance and the social sciences. Applied mathematics has led to entirely new mathematical disciplines, such as statistics, Mathematicians also engage in pure mathematics, or mathematics for its own sake, without having any application in mind. There is no clear line separating pure and applied mathematics, the history of mathematics can be seen as an ever-increasing series of abstractions. The earliest uses of mathematics were in trading, land measurement, painting and weaving patterns, in Babylonian mathematics elementary arithmetic first appears in the archaeological record. Numeracy pre-dated writing and numeral systems have many and diverse. Between 600 and 300 BC the Ancient Greeks began a study of mathematics in its own right with Greek mathematics. Mathematics has since been extended, and there has been a fruitful interaction between mathematics and science, to the benefit of both. Mathematical discoveries continue to be made today, the overwhelming majority of works in this ocean contain new mathematical theorems and their proofs. The word máthēma is derived from μανθάνω, while the modern Greek equivalent is μαθαίνω, in Greece, the word for mathematics came to have the narrower and more technical meaning mathematical study even in Classical times

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George Mackey
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George Whitelaw Mackey was an American mathematician. Mackey earned his bachelor of arts at Rice University in 1938 and he joined the Harvard University Mathematics Department in 1943, was appointed Landon T. Clay Professor of Mathematics and Theoretical Science in 1969 and remained there until he retired in 1985. A central role in Mackeys work, both in the theory of representations and in mathematical physics, was played by the concepts of system of imprimitivity. This idea led naturally to an analysis of the theory of semi-direct products in terms of ergodic actions of groups. Mackeys results were essential tools in the study of the theory of nilpotent Lie groups using the method of orbits developed by Alexandre Kirillov in the 1960s. His notion of virtual subgroup, introduced in 1966 using the language of groupoids, had a significant influence in ergodic theory, another essential ingredient in Mackeys work was the assignment of a Borel structure to the dual object of a locally compact group G. One of Mackeys important conjectures, which was solved by work of James Glimm on C*-algebras, was that G is type I if. He has written numerous survey articles connecting his interests with a large body of mathematics and physics, particularly quantum mechanics. Mackey was among the first five recipients of William Lowell Putnam fellowships in 1938, Mackey was an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Science. Lawrence G. Brown, Calvin Moore, Richard Palais and John Wermer have been students of Mackey. Andrew Gleason had no PhD, but considered Mackey to be his advisor, George Mackey at the Mathematics Genealogy Project George Mackey, Notices of the American Mathematical Society, vol. George Mackey, Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, vol, collected by Stephanie Singer First letter Second letter Speech

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Topological vector space
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In mathematics, a topological vector space is one of the basic structures investigated in functional analysis. As the name suggests the space blends a topological structure with the concept of a vector space. Hilbert spaces and Banach spaces are well-known examples, unless stated otherwise, the underlying field of a topological vector space is assumed to be either the complex numbers C or the real numbers R. Some authors require the topology on X to be T1, it follows that the space is Hausdorff. The topological and linear algebraic structures can be tied together even more closely with additional assumptions, the category of topological vector spaces over a given topological field K is commonly denoted TVSK or TVectK. The objects are the vector spaces over K and the morphisms are the continuous K-linear maps from one object to another. Every normed vector space has a topological structure, the norm induces a metric. This is a vector space because, The vector addition +, V × V → V is jointly continuous with respect to this topology. This follows directly from the triangle inequality obeyed by the norm, the scalar multiplication ·, K × V → V, where K is the underlying scalar field of V, is jointly continuous. This follows from the inequality and homogeneity of the norm. Therefore, all Banach spaces and Hilbert spaces are examples of vector spaces. There are topological spaces whose topology is not induced by a norm. These are all examples of Montel spaces, an infinite-dimensional Montel space is never normable. A topological field is a vector space over each of its subfields. A cartesian product of a family of vector spaces, when endowed with the product topology, is a topological vector space. For instance, the set X of all functions f, R → R, with this topology, X becomes a topological vector space, called the space of pointwise convergence. The reason for this name is the following, if is a sequence of elements in X, then fn has limit f in X if and only if fn has limit f for every real number x. This space is complete, but not normable, indeed, every neighborhood of 0 in the topology contains lines

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Dual space
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In mathematics, any vector space V has a corresponding dual vector space consisting of all linear functionals on V together with a naturally induced linear structure. The dual space as defined above is defined for all vector spaces, when defined for a topological vector space, there is a subspace of the dual space, corresponding to continuous linear functionals, called the continuous dual space. Dual vector spaces find application in many branches of mathematics that use vector spaces, when applied to vector spaces of functions, dual spaces are used to describe measures, distributions, and Hilbert spaces. Consequently, the space is an important concept in functional analysis. Given any vector space V over a field F, the dual space V∗ is defined as the set of all linear maps φ, V → F, since linear maps are vector space homomorphisms, the dual space is also sometimes denoted by Hom. The dual space V∗ itself becomes a space over F when equipped with an addition and scalar multiplication satisfying, = φ + ψ = a for all φ and ψ ∈ V∗, x ∈ V. Elements of the dual space V∗ are sometimes called covectors or one-forms. The pairing of a functional φ in the dual space V∗ and this pairing defines a nondegenerate bilinear mapping ⟨·, ·⟩, V∗ × V → F called the natural pairing. If V is finite-dimensional, then V∗ has the dimension as V. Given a basis in V, it is possible to construct a basis in V∗. This dual basis is a set of linear functionals on V, defined by the relation e i = c i, i =1, …, n for any choice of coefficients ci ∈ F. In particular, letting in turn one of those coefficients be equal to one. For example, if V is R2, and its basis chosen to be, then e1 and e2 are one-forms such that e1 =1, e1 =0, e2 =0, and e2 =1. In particular, if we interpret Rn as the space of columns of n real numbers, such a row acts on Rn as a linear functional by ordinary matrix multiplication. One way to see this is that a functional maps every n-vector x into a number y. So an element of V∗ can be thought of as a particular family of parallel lines covering the plane. To compute the value of a functional on a given vector, or, informally, one counts how many lines the vector crosses. The dimension of R∞ is countably infinite, whereas RN does not have a countable basis, again the sum is finite because fα is nonzero for only finitely many α