The birth of set-theoretical topology can be traced to the researches
of G. Cantor on the theory of point sets situated in *n-*dimensional
*Euclidean
space. * The development of this theory did not go beyond the subsets
of Euclidean spaces for several decades, although the definitions introduced
and the demonstration methods had a more general validity.

M. Frechet recognized this fact when in 1906 he introduced the idea
of
*metric space *and still more general idea of t*opological space.
*However, whilst the idea of metric space was soon recognized as a very
useful tool, the attempt of M. Frechet to give a system of axioms defining
topological spaces as well as the efforts of F. Riesz, remains only attempts.

It was F. Hausdorff who succeeded in giving a satisfactory form to the definition of this notion, which was developed further by the Moscow topologists who introduced its generally adopted definitive form. From that time on one can speak of general topology, an axiomatic theory of topological spaces.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday,** 2nd November 1999, at 6.00p.m.
**at
the the Engineering Lecture Centre (ELT) of the University of Malta (entrance
through Carpark 2). Entrance is free for members, and a token donation
of 25c to cover expenses (and coffee!) is requested from non-members.
All those interested in mathematics are encouraged to attend.

The Mathematical Society may be contacted c/o Department of Mathematics,
University of Malta, Msida;

tel. no. 32902380;

Email: mathsoc@maths.um.edu.mt

Web Page: *http://www.maths.um.edu.mt/MathSoc/*