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Introduction to Linear Algebra, Fourth Edition 4th Edition
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In choosing a book for my course, I reviewed more than a dozen choices. In what follows, I'll try to set out why, looking back on the first two-thirds of the semester, I'm firmly convinced that I chose the right book to teach from. But first, here's an excerpt from an e-mail I sent the author a few weeks ago:
I've admired your book ever since the first edition came out, but
in our department we have to wait in line to teach linear algebra,
and this is my first chance to teach from your book. It's hard to
put into words how much I'm enjoying it.
In 35 years, I've nearly always ended up feeling deeply disappointed
with almost any textbook I've tried to teach from. However I've
had the good fortune to find two books I really admire. Yours is
one of those two inspiring books. Thanks to you, I'm having a blast!
Enthusiasm aside, I'll start the substance of my review with four questions, aimed both at students and at teachers. These questions highlight the features I find inspiring - but they are not merely rhetorical: I've tried to formulate questions that should be helpful to anyone trying to decide whether Strang's Introduction to Linear Algebra is the right choice for them. In each instance, although my own answer is a resounding "Yes to choice one!Read more ›
This book was wonderful! I read nearly the entire thing over the course of a month (working a large number of the problems), and since then have referenced it often. The chapter on Eigenvalues, Linear Transformations, and Applications are extremely useful (in the 3rd edition 6,7, and 8). Strang's style is refreshing in the world of dry math books; he really gives you the intuition and excitement behind the math. I find this invaluable as an engineer.
There is a downside to this: the book is wordy for a math book and the key results scattered throughout the text. For this reason I would highly recommend this book for someone without much background in linear algebra, but probably would not recommend it to someone looking for a refresher--a more succinct book would probably be more appropriate. I would also not recommend this book for someone interested in formal mathematics: the book claims informality, and it certainly is informal. That being said, most of the essential proofs are there in spirt, just not set down formally like many other math texts I have used.
I gave the book 5 stars because, although it isn't for everybody (no book can be), it is exactly what it claims to be: an INTRODUCTION to linear algebra, and an excellent one at that.
with lecture notes, assignments and of course the video lectures. When I you look at all the "value added" textbooks with CD's full of unhelpful material that takes more time to use than the benefit it gives, compare it to the pairing of this book with the online material, which together make a great learning experience.
Most of the example problems are relatively easy, but most of the drill problems are very complicated and completely unrelated to the main idea of the chapter. I think many of the problems deviate you from the main idea, for example you may be trying to learn how to perfect gauss-jordan reduction, and instead you are encountered with problems like finding all the edges of a hypercube, now im not saying its not related to the topic at hand, but it deviates you from the main point you are trying to learn, so stick to the more familiar ones and the ones you think are more useful.
After a while of reading the book, watching the online lessons and recitations, solving problems, etc.. I think I have learned quite a lot, but its more a combination of all those things rather than the book itself, if I had to rely solely on the book I think I would've looked for something else, professor Strang's lectures are good but he jumps back and forth from idea to idea sometimes without finishing the previous idea, which is confusing, and that is also reflected on this book.
I find David Poole's Linear Algebra book a lot better, its easier to understand, its better written, almost the same topics are addressed but the problems are designed to futher enhance your habilities, plus it has a lot more real applications.
Bottomline get this book if and only if you are planning on taking the MIT online course, otherwise look for something else (in fact even if you take the MIT course it wouldnt hurt to get this book plus David Poole's book so you can read both)
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This book is very good for studying linear algebra for the first time (especially self-study). It goes well together with Prof. Strang MIT OCW. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Duc-Anh
This is a fantastic book for anyone who ever wanted to really understand Linear Algebra. The book provides great insights into vector spaces, matrices, linear transformations,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Baseball Fan
I'm writing this review as an individual who is using this book as a literal introduction to the subject, it should be avoided at all cost. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Misterwilliger
As a student trying to learn linear algebra, this book is not easy to follow. Proofs are few and far between. Read morePublished 5 months ago by B.W. White