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 method taken the following banishes determinants to the top of the booklet and specializes in the critical aim of linear algebra: realizing the constitution of linear operators on vector areas. the writer has taken strange care to encourage ideas and to simplify proofs. for instance, the booklet presents--without having outlined determinants--a fresh facts that each linear operator on a finite- dimensional advanced vector house (or an odd-dimensional actual vector area) has an eigenvalue. various fascinating workouts in each one bankruptcy is helping scholars comprehend and manage the gadgets of linear algebra. No must haves are assumed except the standard call for for appropriate mathematical adulthood. hence, the textual content starts off via discussing vector areas, linear independence, span, foundation, and measurement. scholars are brought to inner-product areas within the first 1/2 the ebook and soon thereafter to the finite-dimensional spectral theorem. This moment variation features 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 extra, numerous proofs were simplified, and enormous quantities of stripling advancements were made through the textual content.

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AMERICAN MATHEMATICAL per 30 days "The determinant-free proofs are stylish and intuitive."

CHOICE "Every self-discipline of upper arithmetic evinces the profound value of linear algebra not directly, both for the facility derived from its strategies or the foundation provided by way of its recommendations. Axler demotes determinants (usually fairly a vital strategy within the finite dimensional atmosphere, notwithstanding marginal in limitless dimensions) to a minor position. To so continuously do with out determinants constitutes a journey de forces within the carrier 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 thought could be good served. the main unique linear algebra e-book to seem in years, it definitely belongs in each undergraduate library." ZENTRALBLATT MATH "Altogether, the textual content is a didactic masterpiece."