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It should be clear from the proof of Abel's Lemma that Int B c C. It is, ¤ of course, trivial that C c Int B, so we have C = Int B. 6 For a set S c Rm, we define log 11 SlI by setting The set S is said to be logarithmicallgr convex if log llSll is a convex subset of Rm. 7 Fop. a power series vergence C is logarithmimlly convex. C, a,xp, the domain of con- Proof: Fix two points y, z E C and 0 5 X 5 1. , ,. ~ m and ) t = ( z 1 , t 2 , .. , t m )NOWy E C implies y E IntB so, for some E > 0, (1gr31 E, 1y21 E , .

It was Hassler Whitney [WHI] who discovered the correct multi-variable analogue for this fact. He was able to exploit it to prove several important extension and approximation theorems. Even today Whit ney b theorems, and especially his techniques, exert a decisive influence over the directions that real analysis has taken. 1 (Whitney Decomposition) Let 51 E lRN be an open set. Then there are closed cubes Qk such that 3. For each k,diam (Qk) -< dist (Qk,'51) 5 4 diam (Qk). In what follows, when Q C W N is a cube with center xo and c > 0 we let cQ denote the set {x E W N : x0 (l/c)(x - xO)E Q).

Proof: We may and shall assume that a is the origin in Elk and that 0 = f l (0) = f 2 (0) = . . = fm (0). We can choose E > 0 such that the open ball of radius E about the origin in Rm is contained in the domain of convergence of the power series representing g. Since each f j is continuous we can choose an E' > 0 such that the open ball about the origin in EXk is contained in the domain of each f j and f, maps the open ball of radius E' into the open interval of radius € 1 6 . Now, consider an arbitrary x E IRk which is in the open ball of radius E' and is also in the domain of convergence of the power series representing f, at the origin, for all j.