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March 17th, 2017, 08:27 AM   #1
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dual vector space

I know that $(V^*)^*\cong_{vec} V$ for finite dimensional vector spaces $V$.

However, it also seems as if $V\cong_{vec} V^*$, since for finite dimension, $V$ and $V^*$ are both vector spaces of the same dimension, and any two vector spaces of the same finite dimension are isomorphic.

But I know that $V$ and $V^*$ are not isomorphic as vector spaces, so what's wrong with my above logic?
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But I know that $V$ and $V^*$ are not isomorphic as vector spaces, so what's wrong with my above logic?

They are isomorphic, but not "naturally," because you have to pick a particular basis to show the isomorphism.
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