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Linear Algebra and Its Applications

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Renowned professor and author Gilbert Strang demonstrates that linear algebra is a fascinating subject by showing both its beauty and value. While the mathematics is there, the effort is not all concentrated on proofs. Strang's emphasis is on understanding. He explains concepts, rather than deduces. This book is written in an informal and personal style and teaches real ma ...more
Hardcover, Fourth Edition, 496 pages
Published July 19th 2005 by Cengage Learning (first published April 1st 1976)
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Nov 23, 2012 trivialchemy rated it really liked it
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I wanted to hate this text, because Strang has one of those obnoxious voices where he pretends to teach you math like you're just two bros shootin the shit at the corner store:
Hey dude, I know this is a l'il bit crazy, but to study general similarity transform matrices M, let's first check out some totally restricted examples where M has gotta be unitary. Weird, right? But I'll bet once you see Schur's Lemma you'll see why this was so rad. [not an actual quote]
Lots of contemporary texts try to
Dec 18, 2008 DJ rated it it was amazing
Gilbert Strang has an uncontested position among my top 4 fantasy grandfathers. This man exudes a love for math and you can't help but be infected when you read his books.

Never does Strang slam an equation on the table and immediately expect you to calculate. Nay! Each equation is given its proper introduction. Like any proper courtship, the reader is led to learn about the equation's backgrounds, goals, and common activities before any intermingling takes place. Each exercise thereafter is a ti
Sep 03, 2011 Naomi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hated and neglected linear algebra, then spent the rest of college wishing I'd learned it the first time around.
Jiarong Shi
Jun 07, 2013 Jiarong Shi rated it really liked it
also check the author's class video on MIT opencourseware
Tim Josling
Feb 18, 2016 Tim Josling rated it it was amazing
Probably the best introduction to Linear Algebra out there.

I say this because

1. He focuses on why theorems are true and what they mean, rather than just grinding through the proofs.

At the end I felt I had gained insight as well as knowledge.

2. He gives enlightening examples of applications of Linear Algebra.

In many cases this gave me a new understanding of areas I had already covered.

Purists may not like it. His notation can be slightly sloppy. They can go and work through Linear Algebra Done R
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Apr 25, 2016 Gaetano rated it liked it
Shelves: matematica
Well I grab it for a quick intro to Game Theory, but then I had to recursively read all the textbook. I mean, is there something better?
Yexi Jiang
Feb 06, 2015 Yexi Jiang rated it really liked it
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A beginner book about linear algebra that tells you why linear algebra is like this.
Gaurav Singh chauhan
May 13, 2015 Gaurav Singh chauhan rated it it was amazing
Ultimate book for Linear Algebra, its more on the empirical side, but also manages to touch theory on the right sides.
Jim Robles
Jan 31, 2014 Jim Robles rated it liked it
This was the textbook for a class I took at Stanford while working for Watkins-Johnson.
Dec 24, 2013 Carolyn rated it liked it
Gilbert Strang begins his classic text with a brief and enthusiastic explanation of the nature of linear algebra. He admires the natural beauty of this mathematical language. The student is easily convinced of these claims. Strang writes in a very colloquial, natural way - though his textbook does not flow as easily as his lectures. Working his problem sets, one practices both theoretical and computational algebraic skills. A very lovely, graceful, poetic examination of linear algebra from a ver ...more
Nov 19, 2008 Terran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An excellent and accessible intro to Linear Algebra. As I've gone further, I've found many (even only medium-complex) topics that Strang omits, but I still find myself coming back here when I really want to understand what's going on in some Linear Algebra context.
Rahul Nyamangoudar
Dec 28, 2013 Rahul Nyamangoudar rated it really liked it
Best book some one looking to understand linear algebra topics.......... Combined this with videos of Gilbert strang himself is great to learn,..
Nov 21, 2013 Kelly rated it did not like it
A very confusing text book and an unpleasant read. I have found some textbooks quite good, but this one is not.
Rahul Shrestha
Jun 10, 2014 Rahul Shrestha rated it really liked it
Good one, but confusing concepts on Gaussian Elimination. Good reference book, not for learners!
Dec 14, 2008 Wil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference, math
I tend to like older math books more than the newer ones. This is the 1980 edition, and it's nice.
Apr 12, 2012 D.L. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: math, non-fiction
His lectures are free through MIT open courseware. Good stuff!
Sep 09, 2007 Kris rated it it was amazing
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I thought this was a well written book.
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I have d subject
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