A Guide to Real Variables is an aid and conceptual support for students taking an undergraduate course on real analysis. It focuses on concepts, results, examples and illustrative figures, rather than the details of proofs, in order to remain a concise guide which students can dip into. The core topics of a first real analysis course are covered, including sequences, series, modes of convergence, the derivative, the integral and metric spaces. The next book in this series, Folland's A Guide to Advanced Real Analysis is designed to naturally follow on from this book, and introduce students to graduate level real analysis. Together these books provide a concise guide to the subject at all levels, ideal for student preparation for exams.
Steven G. Krantz was born in San Francisco, California and grew up in Redwood City, California. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz and the Ph.D. from Princeton University. Krantz has held faculty positions at UCLA, Princeton University, Penn State University, and Washington University in St. Louis. He is currently Deputy Director of the American Institute of Mathematics. He has written 160 scholarly papers, over 50 books and is the holder of the Chauvenet Prize and the Beckenbach Book Award.