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Linear Algebra

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  164 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
For courses in Advanced Linear Algebra. This top-selling, theorem-proof text presents a careful treatment of the principal topics of linear algebra, and illustrates the power of the subject through a variety of applications. It emphasizes the symbiotic relationship between linear transformations and matrices, but states theorems in the more general infinite-dimensional c ...more
Hardcover, Fourth Edition, 601 pages
Published November 21st 2002 by Pearson (first published January 1st 1979)
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Linsu Han
Nov 17, 2016 Linsu Han rated it really liked it
Good ass book. I sleep thru lectures and just read this and score W's. Proofs of theorems so concise and on point it makes my brain tremble. Would rate 5/5 but -1 bc it's a fucking math book.
May 09, 2016 Orton rated it really liked it
I'll make an exception here and say that even though the typesetting is old, this is an appropriate text for the needs of an upper level course on the topic today. The presentation makes linear algebra feel neat and carefully laid out. Friedberg, Insel and Spence are hard to beat seeing as there are way less treatments of the subject out there compared to analysis. You will get hints at the same material if you read the first chapter of Artin (a graduate text really) but this is the standard ...more
Daniel Cunningham
This was a solid linear algebra book, though a bit dense in parts. I would have liked more worked examples with more complex "proof" type of problems; this is perhaps a common complaint (I have) with most math books, and probably taps into the "applied" vs. "theoretical" divide.

Secondly, I would have liked to have seen more explanation/motivation for what I was learning. E.g. singular value decomposition is interesting and all that... but on Earth am I learning this? What motivates it/what use i
Feb 13, 2013 Vanessa rated it liked it
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Used in a two-semester intro linear algebra course. I realize the point of this book is the proofs, not the applications, but gah, I wish my university had picked a better intro linear textbook. I would have loved more examples and applications. Still, at least there was a decent set of practice problems and solutions for each chapter, unlike some other math textbooks I've had recently.
Apr 04, 2011 Ron rated it really liked it
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This book was used for the second semester of upper division Linear Algebra in a class I took at SJSU. Even the teacher said that it would be nearly impossible to master these subjects by reading the book only. But she said, it is still the best one of its kind, and I agree.
Aug 06, 2009 Keith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
rigorous as hell, robust and consistently well presented. Should have read this years ago instead of Otto Bretscher's, which was a waste of time.
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