# A Pedagogical History of Compactness

@article{RamanSundstrm2015APH, title={A Pedagogical History of Compactness}, author={Manya Raman-Sundstr{\"o}m}, journal={The American Mathematical Monthly}, year={2015}, volume={122}, pages={619 - 635} }

Abstract This paper traces the history of compactness from the original motivating questions through the development of the definition to a characterization of compactness in terms of nets and filters. The goal of the article is to clarify the central concepts of open-cover and sequential compactness, including details that a standard textbook treatment tends to leave out.

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