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Then, for every f ∈ C(X), ρ(f ) ∈ convf (X), convf (X) denoting the closed convex hull of the range of f . In particular, if f ∗ denotes the complex conjugate of f ∈ C(X), then we have ρ(f ∗ ) = ρ(f ). Proof. Fix f ∈ C(X). 2, to prove the ﬁrst assertion it suﬃces to show that every disk D = {z ∈ C : |z − a| ≤ R} that contains f (X) must also contain ρ(f ); equivalently, |f (p) − a| ≤ R, ∀p ∈ X =⇒ |ρ(f ) − a| ≤ R. But if |f (p) − a| ≤ R for every p, then f − a · 1 ≤ R. Since ρ = ρ(1) = 1, this implies |ρ(f ) − a| = |ρ(f − a · 1)| ≤ R, as required.

For the second assertion, let f = g + ih ∈ C(X) with g and h real-valued continuous functions. By the preceding paragraph, ρ(g) and ρ(h) are real numbers; hence ρ(f ∗ ) = ρ(g − ih) = ρ(g) − iρ(h) is the complex conjugate of ρ(f ) = ρ(g) + iρ(h). 4. The map p ∈ X → ωp ∈ sp(C(X)) is a homeomorphism of X onto the Gelfand spectrum of C(X). This map identiﬁes X with sp(C(X)) in such a way that the Gelfand map becomes the identity map of C(X) to C(X). In particular, the spectrum of f ∈ C(X) is f (X).

Proof. x is quasinilpotent ⇐⇒ r(x) = 0 ⇐⇒ σ(x) = {0}. Exercises. (1) Let a1 , a2 , . . be a sequence of complex numbers such that an → 0 as n → ∞. 6) has spectrum {0}. (2) Consider the simplex ∆n ⊂ [0, 1]n deﬁned by ∆n = {(x1 , . . , xn ) ∈ [0, 1]n : x1 ≤ x2 ≤ · · · ≤ xn }. Show that the volume of ∆n is 1/n!. Give a decent proof here: For example, you might consider the natural action of the permutation group Sn on the cube [0, 1]n and think about how permutations act on ∆n . 8. 4, and let K be its corresponding integral operator on the Banach space C[0, 1].