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A Real Gem for Learning the Subject
on February 15, 2008
This book is a great introduction to matrix groups and related ideas. The author explains the basic ideas in a clear, concise, and precise way. Although there are many excellent texts on matrix groups and more abstract properties of groups, this book provides the most accessible introduction to the subject that I have found. The book is short and easy to read through, compact, and economically priced. I strongly recommend reading this book before attempting to delve into more advanced texts.
The clear and unified treatment of the real, complex, and quaternion groups is *very* nice. Overall, the writing style is so lucid, it is the kind of book where you feel that the writer is teaching you personally, rather than lecturing to an empty hall.
Because the book provides such an excellent introduction to the subject, I give it the full 5 stars. The book has a few typos and gaps, but most are pretty obvious. I hope that the author will expand on this book in a future edition, perhaps including a chapter on basic group theory. When you finish reading the book, your only complaint will be that it isn't longer! Given the excellent exposition, I will be on the lookout for any future texts from this author.