Aspects of Integration: Novel Approaches to the Riemann and Lebesgue Integrals (Chapman & Hall/CRC Monographs and Research Notes in Mathemat) (Hardcover)

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Aspects of Integration: Novel Approaches to the Riemann and Lebesgue Integrals is comprised of two parts. The first part is devoted to the Riemann integral, and provides not only a novel approach, but also includes several neat examples that are rarely found in other treatments of Riemann integration. Historical remarks trace the development of integration from the method of exhaustion of Eudoxus and Archimedes, used to evaluate areas related to circles and parabolas, to Riemann's careful definition of the definite integral, which is a powerful expansion of the method of exhaustion and makes it clear what a definite integral really is.

The second part follows the approach of Riesz and Nagy in which the Lebesgue integral is developed without the need for any measure theory. Our approach is novel in part because it uses integrals of continuous functions rather than integrals of step functions as its starting point. This is natural because Riemann integrals of continuous functions occur much more frequently than do integrals of step functions as a precursor to Lebesgue integration. In addition, the approach used here is natural because step functions play no role in the novel development of the Riemann integral in the first part of the book. Our presentation of the Riesz-Nagy approach is significantly more accessible, especially in its discussion of the two key lemmas upon which the approach critically depends, and is more concise than other treatments.


  • Presents novel approaches designed to be more accessible than classical presentations
  • A welcome alternative approach to the Riemann integral in undergraduate analysis courses
  • Makes the Lebesgue integral accessible to upper division undergraduate students
  • How completion of the Riemann integral leads to the Lebesgue integral
  • Contains a number of historical insights
  • Gives added perspective to researchers and postgraduates interested in the Riemann and Lebesgue integrals

About the Author

Ronald B. Guenther is an emeritus professor in the Department of Mathematics at Oregon State University. His career began at the Marathon Oil Company where he served as an advanced research mathematician at its Denver Research Center. Most of his career was spent at Oregon State University, with visiting professorships at the Universities of Hamburg and Augsburg, and appointments at research laboratories in the United States and Canada, and at the Hahn-Meitner and Weierstrass Institutes in Berlin. His research interests include mathematically modeling deterministic systems and the ordinary and partial differential equations that arise from these models.John W. Lee is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Oregon State University, where he spent his entire career with sabbatical leaves at Colorado State University, Montana State University, and many visits as a guest of Andrzej Granas at the University of Montreal. His research interests include topological methods use to study nonlinear differential and integral equations, oscillatory properties of problems of Sturm-Liouville type and related approximation theory, and various aspects of functional analysis and real analysis, especially measure and integration.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781032481128
ISBN-10: 1032481129
Publisher: CRC Press
Publication Date: August 24th, 2023
Pages: 160
Language: English
Series: Chapman & Hall/CRC Monographs and Research Notes in Mathemat