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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 2006, Article ID 28063, 3 pages

A new proof of a lemma by Phelps

Department of Mathematics, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Millersville 17551-0302, PA, USA

Received 7 December 2005; Revised 3 May 2006; Accepted 7 May 2006

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We give a different proof of a lemma by Phelps (1960) which asserts, roughly speaking, that if two norm-one functionals f and g have their hyperplanes f1(0) and g1(0) sufficiently close together, then either fg or f+g must be small. We also extend this result to a complex Banach space.