C*-Algebras and Finite-dimensional Approximations (Graduate Studies in Mathematics)

C*-Algebras and Finite-dimensional Approximations (Graduate Studies in Mathematics)


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$\textrm{C}*$-approximation theory has provided the foundation for many of the most important conceptual breakthroughs and applications of operator algebras. This book systematically studies (most of) the numerous types of approximation properties that have been important in recent years: nuclearity, exactness, quasidiagonality, local reflexivity, and others. Moreover, it contains user-friendly proofs, insofar as that is possible, of many fundamental results that were previously quite hard to extract from the literature. Indeed, perhaps the most important novelty of the first ten chapters is an earnest attempt to explain some fundamental, but difficult and technical, results as painlessly as possible. The latter half of the book presents related topics and applications--written with researchers and advanced, well-trained students in mind. The authors have tried to meet the needs both of students wishing to learn the basics of an important area of research as well as researchers who desire a fairly comprehensive reference for the theory and applications of $\textrm{C}*$-approximation theory.


Fundamental facts Basic theory: Nuclear and exact $\textrm{C}^*$-algebras: Definitions, basic facts and examples Tensor products Constructions Exact groups and related topics Amenable traces and Kirchberg's factorization property Quasidiagonal C*-algebras AF embeddablity Local reflexivity and other tensor product conditions Summary and open problems Special topics: Simple $\textrm{C}^*$-algebras Approximation properties for groups Weak expectation property and local lifting property Weakly exact von Neumann algebras Applications: Classification of group von Neumann algebras Herrero's approximation problem Counterexamples in $\textrm{K}$-homology and $\textrm{K}$-theory Appendices: Ultrafilters and ultraproducts Operator spaces, completely bounded maps and duality Lifting theorems Positive definite functions, cocycles and Schoenberg's Theorem Groups and graphs Bimodules over von Neumann algebras Bibliography Notation index Subject index.

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  • ISBN13: 9780821843819
  • Format: Hardback
  • ID: 9780821843819
  • ISBN10: 0821843818

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