A C*-algebra is a complex Banach algebra together with an isometric antilinear involution satisfying $(ab)^*=b^*a^*$ and the C*-identity $\Vert a^*a\Vert=\Vert a\Vert^2$. Related tags: (banach-algebras), (von-neumann-algebras), (operator-algebras), (spectral-theory).

A C*-algebra is a complex Banach algebra together with an isometric antilinear involution satisfying $(ab)^*=b^*a^*$ and the C*-identity $\Vert a^*a\Vert=\Vert a\Vert^2$.

For bounded operators on a given Hilbert space, C*-algebras characterize topologically closed subalgebras of ${\mathcal B}({\mathcal H})$ (in operator norm), also closed under taking the adjoint operator. C*-algebras are at the heart of noncommutative-geometry and are extensively used in mathematical-physics.