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Linear Algebra, Geodesy and GPS Hardcover – Dec 1997

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  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Wellesley-Cambridge Press,U.S. (Dec. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961408863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961408862
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 19 x 26.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,618,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Discusses algorithms generally expressed in MATLAB for geodesy and global positioning. Three parts cover basic linear algebra, the application to the (linear and also nonlinear) science of measurement, and the GPS system and its applications. A popular article from SIAM News (June 1997) "The Mathematics of GPS" is included as an introduction. Annot

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Strang and Borre's 'LINEAR ALGEBRA, GEODESY AND GPS' 19 Jan. 2000
By Mike Bevis - Published on
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!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
strang interprets the meaning of the math 7 Aug. 2008
By Christopher L. Marshall - Published on
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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
There is a new version of this book coming out... 25 July 2010
By calvinnme - Published on
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.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very informative. I bought both old and new versions. 25 Jun. 2014
By jnc - Published on
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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