Coding the Matrix: Linear Algebra through Applications to Computer Science Paperback – 3 Sep 2013
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Philip Klein is Professor of Computer Science at Brown University. He was a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Young Investigator Award, and has received multiple research grants from the National Science Foundation. He has been made an ACM Fellow in recognition of his contributions to research on graph algorithms. He is a recipient of Brown University’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Sciences. Klein received a B.A. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT. He has been a Visiting Scientist at Princeton’s Computer Science Department, at MIT’s Mathematics Department, and at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), where he is currently a Research Affiliate. Klein has worked at industry research labs, including Xerox PARC and AT&T Labs, and he has been Chief Scientist at three start-ups. Klein was born and raised in Berkeley, California. He started learning programming in 1974, and started attending meetings of the Homebrew Computer Club a couple of years later. His love for computer science has never abated, but in a chance encounter with E. W. Dijkstra in 1979, he was told that, if he wanted to do computer science, he had better learn some math. His favorite xkcd is 612.
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It is very nice that this books combines real computer science applications and demonstrate how linear algebra is used to solve them. This is the most nice part of this book.
The material in the book is straightforwardly expressed and accessible. It slightly extends the Coursera lectures, and supporting slides, but a reader unfamiliar with these would not recognise that origin.
There are exercises in each chapter, which are from the online course. There are however no solutions. It is though substantially easier to follow the examples in printed form. For me, the book has one further advantage over the on-line material - It has an index! This is invaluable when you are trying to find something again that was only half understood from the lectures.
At 510 pages and US legal (almost A4) size, this is a substantial book and a useful addition to the course material. Full credit to Amazon for charging the same in the UK as the US.
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Bought it a while back but only just started it. Love it. It's accessible and humorous with xkcd cartoons throughout.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer