Year of Award: 1999
Publication Information: The American Mathematical Monthly, vol. 105, 1998, pp. 832-839
Summary: This paper discusses one of the basic properties of the Cantor set (its surjective universality in the class of compact metric spaces) and shows how this property is relevant in a variety of seemingly unrelated problems in topology, geometry and analysis.
About the Author: (from The American Mathematical Monthly, vol. 105 (1998)) Yoav Benyamini received his Ph.D. in 1974 at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is a professor of mathematics at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and he has visited Yale, Ohio State University, The University of Texas at Austin, and Weizmann Institute. He is interested in various aspects of functional analysis, especially the geometry of Banach spaces.