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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
If you are a beginner in linear algebra, and probably at your first year in engineering/physics/computer science, then I don't recommend this book. I'we been stumbling throught it the past few months, and was doomed to fail my test...

but about a week before the test I got another book called Linear Algebra, a modern introduction, by David Poole. I can surely say that this book saved me. The examples and descriptions are very good, and the author has a sense of knowing what parts might get you confused, and what you might want to review from earlier chapters. It seems that every time I got confused, then the next sentence was exactly the answer to my question.

Now regarding the Theodore book, a really bad downside is that there is no solutions manual available, and there are only answers to about 5-10% of the exercises! This book is also very unorganized, and rather hard to find something you look for. It's written in a "continuous" way... meaning that there aren't clear enough marks of when something ends and another thing starts. And there isn't even a clear point in the things the authors are explaining. Sometimes just examples, with no beginning problem, and no real results.

So bottom line, if your a beginner, get the David Poole book!

If your not a beginner though (or really excellent in math), then this book (the Theodore one) isn't so bad, it comes up with some nice examples and really makes you struggle in the examples and exercises.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Examples are not clear, they refuse to explain things in the homework solutions, and they just continually make massive assumptions about what is obvious to the reader. If you are trying to learn linear algebra from an application based perspective, DO NOT choose this book. It's basically just proofs.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2012
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
This book is written at a very high level. It does not have enough practice exercises to reinforce (or check for) understanding.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Simply stated, this is the worst textbook I have ever used or seen in my life. Poorly organized and terribly written, this text may be fine for someone who has already had linear algebra and wants a compact review of the material, but it is an absolutely terrible source to learn from. The author does an incredibly poor job of explaining the concepts and mathematics behind linear algebra, forcing the student to learn the material completely on his own using other sources. My professor remarked one day that this is the best book on the market. If so, the market is in a very sad state right now. Do yourself a favor and get another book, and if you're a professor, for the love of your students and mathematics, DO NOT USE THIS BOOK IN THE CLASSROOM.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I would think this is a pretty good deal. It does not disappoint me. It arrives before the estimated date and though the book is a bit old, it is really cheap.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I gave this book one star only becasue there was no 0 star rating, this is the worst math book I have ever used. It is poorly written, there are lots of mistakes( which to this date 05/29/03, that have not been correted on the authors' web page). This book was poorly organized, over priced, and had a weak book binding (my copy began to fall apart!!).
Please do not buy this book, unless you like to waste your money on useless material.
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4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
It has been said a few times already but I'll just reiterate. This book is horrible. I went into this class having been told that Linear Algebra is a reasonable subject. Not so with Shifrin and Adams. The lessons do a very poor job of prepping you for the included exercises. Unless you have an exceptional professor be weary of this one.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
A required textbook at a better price. I intend to keep the book for reference therefore there is no insentive to buy and sell at the local bookstore. Having it arrive at my door is much better than waiting in line at store.
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
For the amount of money i paid for this book it should be a lot better than it is. It's very poor that a book that costs over $100 should have weak binding and fall apart after less than 6 weeks!!! It's not just me..friends of mine also have copies that are falling apart. Poorly written and strange at best... Caveat Emptor!
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is horrible. Not only does it do an awful job of teaching you linear algebra, but the book itself falls apart pretty easily. Now I'm stuck with this (way to expensive) book and I won't be able to sell it since people tend to like the pages to be in the book when they buy it. For the record, I do like linear algebra, but that interest was developed by my professor but not by this book in any way.
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