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Linear Algebra, Geodesy, and GPS

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ISBN-13: 978-0961408862
ISBN-10: 0961408863
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Gilbert Strang is a Professor of Mathematics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, of the University of Oxford, UK. His current research interests include linear algebra, wavelets and filter banks, applied mathematics, and engineering mathematics. He is the author or co-author of six textbooks and has published a monograph with George Fix titled “An Analysis of the Finite Element Method.” Professor Strang served as SIAM’s president from 1999-2000, chaired the US National Committee on Mathematics from 2003–2004, and won the Neumann Medal of the US Association of Computational Mechanics in 2005. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Wellesley-Cambrdige Press (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961408863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961408862
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 7.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,002,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gilbert Strang is Professor of Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College. He was an undergraduate at MIT and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. His doctorate was from UCLA and since then he has taught at MIT. He has been a Sloan Fellow and a Fairchild Scholar and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor Strang has published a monograph with George Fix, "An Analysis of the Finite Element Method", and has authored six widely used textbooks. He served as President of SIAM during 1999 and 2000 and he is Chair of the U.S. National Committee on Mathematics for 2003-2004.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mike Bevis on January 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is an interesting, gently accelerating and useful book on geodesy and GPS that concentrates on space geodetic concepts and algorithms and on the underlying linear algebra. It uses MATLAB, the language of choice for many numerical linear algebraists, to provide sample codes. Many of these codes are of practical utility. This book combines Strang's applied math focus and inimitable writing style (I love it) with Borre's extensive knowledge of physical and geometrical geodesy. Highly recommended!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christopher L. Marshall on August 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am an engineer with an interest in math.

What strikes me about Gilbert Strang's writing on math is the running commentary he provides on what the math means. When introducing the concept of a vector, for example, he points out that vectors a result of the insight that "you can't add apples to oranges."

He is very strong on visualizing what is going in his proofs and spends many pages pointing out interpretative details that are simple to explain to a reader but hard for a reader to figure out on their own. Those details are rarely found in other math books. I think part of the problem is that most math books are written for people who have a natural talent for math and few are written for technically oriented people that are interested but not especially talented.

It is a shame that his style of writing is not more commonly found in math books.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
... so don't be so quick to hand a ridiculous sum of money over to scalpers. The title of the book is "Algorithms for Global Positioning" and it already has an ISBN number: 978-0-0982327-2-8. It is by the same two authors as the original and will be available shortly. Wait for that book and then you can hand your money over to the actual authors of the book, not opportunists.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jnc on June 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I've found for me I must by several books on GPS topics in order to construct a useful software defined radio to implement the concepts. The newer version is definitely more helpful, but both are useful.\

For those new to the topic, the coordinate system discussions and issues related to timing are particularly useful.

If I were to only buy one, it would be the latest edition.
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