Let $X$ be a normed linear space. The strong topology on $X$ is the topology induced by the norm, i.e. it has the open balls $B_r(x)$ as its basis.
Is there an alternative characterization of strong topology? If not, are there additional assumptions on the space (such as $\dim X < \infty $) that yield an alternative characterization for the given space?
I was thinking about this in the context of other topologies, such as the weak topology, which can be defined as the coarsest topology such that all continuous linear functionals on $X$ (i.e. in $X^*$, the topological dual) are continuous in that weak topology.
For example, could we claim that the coarsest topology such that all continuous functions (w.r.t. the norm) are still continuous in that topology is the strong topology?