
[HM] Compactness and the HeineBorel Theorem
Posted:
Nov 3, 2004 6:40 PM


My daughter is now taking calculus (the text is Spivakis anyone familiar with it?) and has just encountered compactness and the HeineBorel Theorem. She asked me whether the theorem was proved and then the concepts of compactness were built up since something useful could be said about it, or did mathematicians first investigate compact sets and come up with the HeineBorel theorem?
 James A. Landau from the Atlantic City area, where the maple trees out front are not at the height of their autumn colors

