The overall rating of this book (4 star at the moment) can be misleading for people who want to use this book alone to learn linear algebra.
This book is clearly closed bound to the online course (which I watched briefly). It is not a stand alone book on linear algebra by itself. The book constantly jumps into new concepts without explaining the ideas and bases behind them. If I didn't know that it is the text book for the online course, this book feels more like a note taken by a student during a linear algebra course. I found myself constantly guessing what the the texts in the book are referring to.
I don't want to spend time watching the online videos, that's too time consuming due to the limited time I have. Although I'm able to make progress on this book ( still reading it), the process has been boring. The aspect of finishing this book is not promising. I'm considering finding another linear algebra book.
I think the proper title for this book probably should be something like "Linear Algebra for MIT online course", or "Notes and exercises for Linear Algebra".
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'Undergraduate mathematics textbooks are not what they used to be, and Gilbert Strang's superb new edition of Introduction to Linear Algebra is an example of everything that a modern textbook could possibly be, and more ... the writing is engaging and personal, and the presentation is exceptionally clear and informative (even seasoned instructors may benefit from Strang's insights) ... I would like to stress that there is a richness to the material that goes beyond most texts at this level.' Douglas Farenick, Bulletin of the International Linear Algebra Society
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Gilbert Strang is a professor of mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his research focuses on analysis, linear algebra and PDEs. He is the author of many textbooks and his service to the mathematics community is extensive. He has spent time both as President of SIAM and as Chair of the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics, and has been a member of various other committees and boards. He has received several awards for his research and teaching, including the Chauvenet Prize (1976), the Award for Distinguished Service (SIAM, 2003), the Graduate School Teaching Award (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003) and the Von Neumann Prize Medal (US Association for Computational Mechanics, 2005), among others. He is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford.
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Only to be used with the online course11 September 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
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Essential side-dish to the online course, but not much good by itself.9 April 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
I've watched prof. Strang's Linear Algebra course (18.06) on MIT's OpenCourseWare. Strang is a great professor, excited about math, and makes the subject interesting in his lectures. This book is a great accompaniment to that series, and indeed, you won't really get the full effect of the course without this book. But by itself, it reads like someone's course notes. Very little is really explained in the book. In summary: Essential side dish to the MIT course, but pretty much useless on its own.
56 people found this helpful
Poor examples.12 July 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
The book treats you like you already understand the concept of 4th+ dimensional vectors and can calculate the orthogonal vector with limited and poorly chosen examples. You will read it once and say "err... let me try again", on a second read you will say "OK, I think I understand the concept", and on the third read you will say "WHY DID THEY ONLY CHOOSE ONES AND ZEROES FOR THE EXAMPLES?!" And this problem compounds with later chapters which require a mastery of the previous chapters.
9 people found this helpful
4th edition is much better14 March 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
I read through the 4th edition before and really enjoyed it. I bought this 5th edition for the new contents. I found most of the chapters are not as well organized as the 4th edition, and the new contents (applications in chapter 10) are interesting but not worth the money for the entire book. Suggestion: buy the 4th edition.
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Great as a complement to Strang’s (excellent) Lectures21 July 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
Strang’s excellent lectures are online. The textbook is a nice complement to them to flesh out a few things and provide many problems of variable difficulty. As a standalone I don’t think it is as good as his lectures. But that’s partly being spoiled by the lectures.
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