
Journal of Convex Analysis 10 (2003), No. 2, 531539 Copyright Heldermann Verlag 2003 On Weak*Extreme Points in Banach Spaces S. Dutta StatMath Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, 203 B. T. Road, Kolkata 700108, India, sudipta_r@isical.ac.in T. S. S. R. K. Rao StatMath Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, R. V. College Post, Bangalore 560059, India, tss@isibang.ac.in We study the extreme points of the unit ball of a Banach space that remain extreme when considered, under canonical embedding, in the unit ball of the bidual. We give an example of a strictly convex space whose unit vectors are extreme points in the unit ball of the second dual but none are extreme points in the unit ball of the fourth dual. For the space of vectorvalued continuous functions on a compact set we show that any function whose values are weak*extreme points is a weak*extreme point. We explore the relation between weak*extreme points and the dual notion of very smooth points. We show that if a Banach space X has a very smooth point in every equivalent norm then X* has the RadonNikodym property. Keywords: Higher duals, Mideals, extreme points. MSC 2000: 46B20. FullTextpdf (285 KB) 