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Matrix Analysis and Applied Linear Algebra Book and Solutions Manual Textbook Binding – February 15, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0898714548 ISBN-10: 0898714540 Edition: Har/Cdr
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'I have taught courses using Meyer's text for two semesters now and I like the book even better than when I first read it. The text is just what I want for an advanced level course in Linear Algebra for applied mathematicians and engineers. I plan to use it again.' William C. Brown, Michigan State University

'Meyer extensively treats traditional topics in matrix analysis and linear algebra. The text is well written, with the exact statements of important definitions and theorems set off in gray boxes, surrounded by proofs, motivational discussions, many examples and historical notes, and 749 exercises. Meyer intentionally leaves the 'scaffolding' in place to help the reader understand the development of the subject ... Included are a separate solutions manual and a CD-ROM containing the entire text and solution manual in a searchable, hyperlinked (cross-referenced) pdf format. This CD-ROM, one of the few with this feature, makes the package of even greater reference value.' J. D. Fehribach, CHOICE

'Carl Meyer's book is an outstanding addition to the vast literature in this area. Its most distinctive feature is a seamless integration of the theoretical, computational, and applied aspects of the subject, which stems from the author's extensive experience in both teaching and research. The author's clear and elegant expository style is enlivened by a generous sprinkling of historical notes and aptly chosen quotations from famous mathematicians, making this book a delight to read. If this textbook will not succeed in awakening your students' interest in matrices and their uses, nothing else will.' Michele Benzi, Emory University

'I like how well thought out and organized this book is. I would recommend that anyone who teaches a course in linear algebra consider this text. Those who choose not to adopt this text would still find it a handy reference a good reminder of some of the practical issues of linear algebra that working scientists must consider. In my opinion, the stronger the students in the course, and the longer they are exposed to the text (it would be best in a two semester sequence) the better they will appreciate this book and its spiral development of ideas.' Joel Foisy, MAA Online

'I liked Meyer's book a lot. There are so many little tidbits in it that every student should know.' William C. Brown, Michigan State University

'I'm impressed with the content and especially the CD. This is the first text I've seen that uses a CD like this. The cross-referencing (hyperlinking) is quite useful.' Ronald F. Taylor, Wright State University.

'I recently returned to school for my graduate studies after a long absence. I have several linear algebra texts/references, but Matrix Analysis and Applied Linear Algebra from SIAM will surely be the one I use the most. It is easy to read, with excellent examples and strong applications. I really need a strong review! ' Eileen Daly, graduate student, University of Colorado at Boulder

'This book combines the best of what you look for in a reference and a textbook. It is comprehensive and detailed but with so many great problems and examples that it is guaranteed to excite the undergraduate reader. I enjoyed the book throughout, but found the treatment of the FFT to be particularly original and effective.' Charles Van Loan, Cornell University.

'The book covers an impressive range of material. It contains a number of topics not found in similar books. Professor Meyer takes great care in explaining abstract concepts.' Ilse Ipsen, North Carolina State University.

"...In studying for the final exam, I was able to solidify much of what we'd gone over during the semester by reading over the text and doing the problems. However, this time through, I gained a lot more respect for the textbook. I didn't notice at the time, but the way the earlier problems foreshadowed techniques yet to come really helped me get everything to click into place. I am sincerely impressed with how much I learned." Gregory Nusz, Caldwell Scholar, North Carolina State University.

"I will say that I really enjoy the prose. It is a rare combination when the enthusiasm shines through, focused by erudition." Cleve Ashcraft, Livermore Software Technology Corporation.

"I like the book: the theory is sound, numerical performance and possible pitfalls of the algorithms are well discussed, and it contains interesting historical remarks." Walter Gander, Chairman, Computer Science Department, ETH Zurich.

Book Description

The fresh approach of this book introduces a variety of problems with clarity and informality. The focus on applications demonstrates how linear algebra can be applied to real-life situations. Numerous examples, exercises and historical notes are provided, along with a CD-ROM containing a searchable copy of the textbook and solutions.

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Product Details

  • Textbook Binding: 700 pages
  • Publisher: SIAM: Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics; Har/Cdr edition (February 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898714540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898714548
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful By O. Burak Okan on January 24, 2006
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Although titled as Matrix Analysis and Applied Linear Algebra, this book is one of the clearest treatments of pure linear algebra in general. Most of the theorems are proved and the proofs are very well motivated. There are no hand-waving arguments yet it is very easy to follow all the material contained. I also noticed that this book provides a smooth transition to introductory functional analysis for those who already possess the adequate real analysis background.

There is an immense collection of well chosen examples throughout the book, and all the solutions are included in the
solution manual which comes as a seperate volume. The whole package(printed version of the book + CD-ROM + solution manual) is bundled, so once you order it, you will have all of them at once).

The organization of the book is also excellent and it manages to maintain a perfect coherence between sections while each chapter can be read alone as well. This is a rare trait indeed. However, this is not a numerical linear algebra book like Demmel`s and Trefethen`s texts, which mostly dwell on algorithmic implementation side, although it is the perfect complement to those two works.

Whole text(in color), including the solution manual, is available online for people who want to take a quick look at it.
The CD-ROM, which comes with the hard copy of the text also contains the electronic version of the book for readers convenience.

Obviously there is no panacea for learning or teaching matrix analysis while resorting to a single text, but this book comes closest to accomplishing this with a rather nice package.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By "giref" on September 20, 2001
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This book is very interesting to read, it is very clear, well explained and presented. The subjects covered in this book are mostly for undergraduate to begining graduate and can serve as a bridge to numerical linear algebra. The author makes a great emphasis on explanation and he does a great job. For those who have ever read a book by SIAM know the style of writing and presentation. The book is applied as it mean it is not theoritical.The book contains a lot of exercise of different difficulty and it is accompanied with a solution manual to all of the exercises and a CD-ROM with a lot of stuff in it that make the book more interesting. The author maintain a web site where you can find many more information concernig the book. I recommend this book to anyone who want to introduce himself into linear algebra and matrix analysis.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J. Chan on August 18, 2005
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This is a good book for bridging between an introductory, single semester course on linear algebra and graduate matrix analysis.

Although it isn't in the traditional lemma-theorem-proof format of more traditional maths books, I found the explanations and proofs very clear. There is an electronic version of the book that you can read online but not save or print.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1, 2003
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Professor Meyer has indeed produced an excellent book on Linear Algebra. The author manages to explain complex topics in a manner, understandable to an undergrad, without simplyfying or skipping parts. This is NOT the kind of textbook were you read one page over and over again without understanding. And it's NOT the kind of book where, trying to follow the authors steps, you stop and wonder HEY how did he do that.
Professor Meyer is patient and thorough and explains even the simpler issues step by step without annoying comments like "inuitively we can see" or "it is obvious". He takes his time to make sure that everything is chrystal clear. The book covers all you need to know in linear algebra, and more. A lot of computational issues and algorithms are also evaluated in this book. However, if you have no interests in such topics, those sections can be skipped and uses as a reference if you wish to explore computational issues.
In conclusion: Great work Professor Meyer!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 23, 2003
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I wanted a truly intermediate linear algebra book, not too elementary and not too advanced. I chose this one, and have not been disappointed. Especially if you are already acquainted with the subject, this book has much to offer. Although I am wont to skip introductory chapters dealing with Gaussian elimination, I am glad that I did not skip the introductory material in this book, because it goes considerably beyond the usual presentation. The author is concerned throughout the book with the numerical and computational aspect of the subject, but sometimes can only summarize those results in a book only 700 pages long. I appreciate even those summaries, since they are entirely missing from other linear algebra textbooks. This is a practical, problem-oriented textbook, especially valuable for a computational perspective.

According to the blurb on the back, this book "circumvents the traditional definition-theorem-proof format that has bored students in the past." I do not find that format boring. I appreciate the clarity that it ought to facilitate. My only criticism, so far, is that this format was not followed.

P.S. After more acquaintance with this book, I must add that I wish that it were better organized. Throughout, the author refers to other sections earlier and much later. The result is that I need half a dozen book marks to read even a little. The author surely knows the subject extremely well, and I hope that he produces an edition so revised as to amount to quite a new book.
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