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First Course in Linear Algebra, A

AuthorRobert A. Beezer Entered2004-10-31 00:30:53 by bcrowell
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SubjectQ.A - Mathematics. Computer science
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Great introductory book which still has a lot of potential
by Fabio Tonti on 2008-03-18 16:19:38, review #505
better than 98%
better than 99%
This book is a great introductory text on linear algebra. The core topics are quite finished, so it's feasible to already be used as a study book. It still has a lot which should be added though, which would make it even more comprehensive. That said, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to start with Linear Algebra right away.

Additionally, I have to add that it can't hurt to posess another undergraduate Linear Algebra textbook to compare the style of the proofs and the structure of the book (Prof. Beezer starts with systems of linear equations right away, which seems quite natural, but I've also seen the whole topic constructed by just starting from vector spaces or even determinants). Jim Hefferon's book would be another free and open possibility, and although I don't intend to make a comparison, it seems less comprehensive and expandable to me (I must admit that I have not ready extensively).

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