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I posted my question at MS but unfortunately it is still without a response, so let me ask it here.

We can think about a bounded operator $T\colon c_0\to c_0$ as a double-infinite matrix $[T_{mn}]_{m,n\geq 1}$ which acts on a sequence $a=[a_1, a_2, a_3, \ldots ]\in c_0$ in the same way as usual (finite) matrices act on vectors ($n$-tuples of scalars), i.e.

$$ Ta= [T_{mn}][a_n] = \left[ \sum_{n=1}^\infty T_{mn}a_n\right] $$

Suppose $a=[a_1, a_2, a_3, \ldots ]\in \ell^\infty = (c_0)^{**}$. Does the following formula still hold:

$$ T^{**}a= [T_{mn}][a_n] = \left[ \sum_{n=1}^\infty T_{mn}a_n\right] $$

EDIT: Second question deleted, since I wanted to ask, in fact, about something else.

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The math.stackexchnage question is: I posted a more "simple minded" answer over there... – Matthew Daws Dec 21 '11 at 14:58
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Yes. The reason is that the unit vector basis for $c_0$ is a shrinking basis, which means that the biorthogonal functionals to the basis are a Schauder basis for $c_0^* = \ell_1$. This implies that the unit vector basis for $c_0$ is a weak$^*$ Schauder basis for $c_0^{**} = \ell_\infty$, which means that the expansion of a vector in $\ell_\infty$ in terms of the unit vector basis must converge in the weak$^*$ topology. This is enough, since the adjoint of an operator on $\ell_1$ is weak$^*$ continuous on $\ell_\infty$.

I'll take this opportunity to say something more about a space with shrinking bases. R. C. James, who introduced the concept, realized that if $(e_n)$ is a shrinking basis for a space $X$, then $X^{**}$ can be represented as the space of sequences $(a_n)$ s.t. the partial sums of the series $\sum a_n e_n$ are uniformly bounded. Once he realized this, he very quickly constructed the space we now call J, which is isomorphic to its second dual but is non reflexive; in fact, $\dim J^{**}/J =1$.

You can read about the basics of basis theory in many books; Albiac-Kalton is a good choice.

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