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By Markus F. Brameier, Wolfgang Banzhaf

This article for a moment path in linear algebra is aimed toward math majors and graduate scholars. the radical strategy taken right here banishes determinants to the tip of the booklet and makes a speciality of the primary target of linear algebra: figuring out the constitution of linear operators on vector areas. the writer has taken strange care to inspire innovations and to simplify proofs. for instance, the ebook presents--without having outlined determinants--a fresh evidence that each linear operator on a finite- dimensional complicated vector house (or an odd-dimensional actual vector house) has an eigenvalue. a number of attention-grabbing workouts in every one bankruptcy is helping scholars comprehend and control the items of linear algebra. No necessities are assumed except the standard call for for compatible mathematical adulthood. hence, the textual content starts off through discussing vector areas, linear independence, span, foundation, and size. scholars are brought to inner-product areas within the first half the publication and soon thereafter to the finite-dimensional spectral theorem. This moment variation contains a new part on orthogonal projections and minimization difficulties. The sections on self-adjoint operators, general operators, and the spectral theorem were rewritten. New examples and new routines were additional, a number of proofs were simplified, and countless numbers of teen advancements were made in the course of the textual content.

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AMERICAN MATHEMATICAL per month "The determinant-free proofs are based and intuitive."

CHOICE "Every self-discipline of upper arithmetic evinces the profound significance of linear algebra in a roundabout way, both for the facility derived from its thoughts or the muse provided via its thoughts. Axler demotes determinants (usually fairly a valuable procedure within the finite dimensional environment, although marginal in limitless dimensions) to a minor function. To so always do with out determinants constitutes a travel de forces within the provider of simplicity and readability; those also are good served through the overall precision of Axler's prose. scholars with a view in the direction of utilized arithmetic, research, or operator conception should be good served. the main unique linear algebra ebook to seem in years, it definitely belongs in each undergraduate library." ZENTRALBLATT MATH "Altogether, the textual content is a didactic masterpiece."

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