### A connection between multiplication in C(X) and the dimension of X

Let X be a compact Hausdorff topological space. We show that multiplication in the algebra C(X) is open iff dim X < 1. On the other hand, the existence of non-empty open sets U,V ⊂ C(X) satisfying Int(U· V) = ∅ is equivalent to dim X > 1. The preimage of every set of the first category in C(X) under the multiplication map is of the first category in C(X) × C(X) iff dim X ≤ 1.