# weak$^*$-separability of $l_\infty^*$.

Where can I find the proof that $l_\infty^*$ is weeak$^*$-separable?

I want to re-examine the proof of that fact.

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## 1 Answer

I'm not entirely sure what you're asking. I suppose you're asking why $l_{\infty}^{\ast}$ is weak$^{\ast}$-separable. To see this, simply note that $l_1$ is dense in the weak$^{\ast}$-topology of $l_{\infty}^{\ast}$ (by Goldstine's theorem). Obviously, $l_1$ contains a countable norm-dense subset $S$, which is also weak$^{\ast}$-dense because the norm-closure is always smaller than the weak$^\ast$-closure. You'll find a proof of the (rather tautological) Golstine theorem on the Wikipedia page I linked to.

Added later: Of course, this does by no means imply that $l_{\infty}^{\ast}$ is second countable in the weak$^{\ast}$-topology. In fact, for an infinite-dimensional Banach space the weak$^{\ast}$-topology is not even first countable (even if its restriction to the unit ball is metrizable for duals of separable Banach spaces).

Added even later: The only thing used in the above argument is of course the separability of $l_1$. Verbatim the same argument shows

The bidual of a separable Banach space is weak$^{\ast}$-separable.

However, I don't know whether the converse holds.

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