Linear Algebra Done Right

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U.S. Government Printing Office, Jul 18, 1997 - Mathematics - 251 pages
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This text for a second course in linear algebra is aimed at math majors and graduate students. The novel approach taken here banishes determinants to the end of the book and focuses on the central goal of linear algebra: understanding the structure of linear operators on vector spaces. The author has taken unusual care to motivate concepts and to simplify proofs. For example, the book presents--without having defined determinants--a clean proof that every linear operator on a finite-dimensional complex vector space (or an odd-dimensional real vector space) has an eigenvalue. A variety of interesting exercises in each chapter helps students understand and manipulate the objects of linear algebra. No prerequisites are assumed other than the usual demand for suitable mathematical maturity. Thus, the text starts by discussing vector spaces, linear independence, span, basis, and dimension. Students are introduced to inner-product spaces in the first half of the book and shortly thereafter to the finite-dimensional spectral theorem. This second edition includes a new section on orthogonal projections and minimization problems. The sections on self-adjoint operators, normal operators, and the spectral theorem have been rewritten. New examples and new exercises have been added, several proofs have been simplified, and hundreds of minor improvements have been made throughout the text.

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Review: Linear Algebra Done Right (Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics)

User Review  - Erickson - Goodreads

Very good book for linear algebra, one which attempts to avoid the rather unmotivated concepts of determinants to prove many important results. The book focuses more on operators which are more ... Read full review

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User Review  - Justin - Goodreads

This book was a real page-turner! Great approach towards linear algebra. Sheldon Axler doesn't introduce determinants until the end, which was a true delight in my opinion because it surely kept me ... Read full review

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Axler-San Francisco State University

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