Lebesgue theorem

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Lebesgue's theorem in dimension theory: For any $\epsilon>0$ the $n$-dimensional cube has a finite closed $\epsilon$-covering of multiplicity $\leq n+1$, and at the same there is an $\epsilon_0=\epsilon_0(n)>0$ such that any finite closed $\epsilon_0$-covering of the $n$-dimensional cube has multiplicity $\geq n+1$ (cf. also Covering (of a set)). This assertion led later to a definition of a fundamental dimension invariant, the Lebesgue dimension $\dim X$ of a normal topological space $X$.


This theorem is also called the Lebesgue covering theorem or "Pflastersatz" (see Dimension). In the language of dimension theory it says that $\dim I^n=n$ for every $n$.


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Lebesgue's theorem on the passage to the limit under the integral sign: Suppose that on a measurable set $E$ there is specified a sequence of measurable functions $f_n$ that converges almost-everywhere (or in measure) on $E$ to a function $f$. If there is a summable function $\Phi$ on $E$ such that for all $n$ and $x$,


then $f_n$ and $f$ are summable on $E$ and


This was first proved by H. Lebesgue [1]. The important special case when $\Phi=\text{const}$ and $E$ has finite measure is also called the Lebesgue theorem; he obtained it earlier [2].

A theorem first proved by B. Levi [3] is sometimes called the Lebesgue theorem: Suppose that on a measurable set $E$ there is specified a non-decreasing sequence of measurable non-negative functions $0\leq f_1(x)\leq f_2(x)\leq\dots$ ($x\in E$) and that


almost-everywhere; then



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[3] B. Levi, "Sopra l'integrazione delle serie" Rend. Ist. Lombardo sue Lett. (2) , 39 (1906) pp. 775–780 Zbl 37.0424.03
[4] S. Saks, "Theory of the integral" , Hafner (1952) (Translated from French) MR0167578 Zbl 1196.28001 Zbl 0017.30004 Zbl 63.0183.05
[5] I.P. Natanson, "Theory of functions of a real variable" , 1–2 , F. Ungar (1955–1961) (Translated from Russian) MR0640867 MR0354979 MR0148805 MR0067952 MR0039790

T.P. Lukashenko


This Lebesgue theorem is also called the dominated convergence theorem, while Levi's theorem is also known as the monotone convergence theorem.


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[a2] P.R. Halmos, "Measure theory" , v. Nostrand (1950) MR0033869 Zbl 0040.16802
[a3] E. Hewitt, K.R. Stromberg, "Real and abstract analysis" , Springer (1965) MR0188387 Zbl 0137.03202
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This article was adapted from an original article by B.A. Pasynkov (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article