# Can a linear operator from a normed space to itself be extended with operator norm preserved? [closed]

Let $X$ be a subspace of $\ell_1^4$ (i.e. $\mathbb{R}^4$ equipped with the $\ell^1$ norm). Can one always extend a linear operator $l:X\rightarrow \ell_1^4$ to $L:\ell_1^4\rightarrow \ell_1^4$ such that $L$ has the same operator norm as $l$?

Thanks!

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## closed as too localized by quanta, t.b., Qiaochu YuanMay 14 '11 at 2:57

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