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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (29 Jan 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198502370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198502371
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 1 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 432,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Kaye offers this work as a second course in linear algebra. As such, it deals with the specific subject matter of linear algebra in a way that could also be viewed as an introduction to abstract algebra or axiomatic mathematics in general. Knowledge of elementary matrix arithmetic and matrix methods--including the general solution to systems of linear equations and computation of inverses and determinants--is assumed, though these topics are briefly reviewed. Some exposure to abstract vector spaces and the notions of basis and dimension would also be helpful to one wishing to peruse this book. For those with a suitable background, this book provides a very rigorous treatment of the fundamentals of linear algebra, including inner product spaces, bilinear and quadratic forms, orthogonal bases, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, and the Jordan canonical form. Certainly appropriate for upper-division undergraduates entertaining thoughts of graduate work in mathematics."--Choice

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Richard Kaye is at University of Birmingham. Rob Wilson is at University of Birmingham.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Dec 2000
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Like most of the OUP mathematics texts, this book is clear and easy to follow. It is very useful for a second year undergraduate algebra course.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ab..c VINE VOICE on 20 Sep 2006
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The book is a thin, moderately priced book, but has a satisfying level of content & explanation of semi -introductory undergraduate 'Linear Algebra'.

How does it help students to grasp this topic?

'Linear Algebra' as a topic has a reputation of being hard-work for introductory undergrad. students, but this book excels in zipping together topics that seem isolated, and eventually come together. The explanations (i. m. h. o) can be made bit harder to fathom when the subscripts fonts size for 'i' are indistinguishable from '1'. This is just a minor problem, but when this is solved the book is a great book and i have enjoyed the time spent studying this area.

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When i consider the cost of this book and the content quality, this is a fine book of the few needed to crack 'Linear Algebra' topics on the way to Galois Theory.
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Crisp and Rational Presentation 19 Oct 2012
By Brandon Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
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This book presents linear algebra in a beautifully straightforward way, without the distraction of colorful diagrams or the use of calculator screenshots that obscure understanding. It's a highly recommended text for those who enjoy a no-nonsense explanation of ideas in a clear and deductive style. Each section of this textbook builds smoothly on previous material, and for anyone at least familiar with matrices from precalculus, the development of its content is easy to follow. Just don't skip parts, and take notes. :-)
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Bad!!!! 28 July 2010
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Not good!! No examples solved in the book and no answers to all the execercises. Really bad book. Book only for professors
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