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Intro to linear algebra

  1. Aug 6, 2013 #1
    Can you recommend one these book as a first andd concise introduction to linear algebra ,which is better?:
    Linear Algebra (Dover Books on Mathematics) Georgi E. Shilov https://www.amazon.com/Linear-Algebra-Dover-Books-Mathematics/dp/048663518X/ref=pd_sim_b_1
    Linear Algebra: A Modern Introduction David Poole https://www.amazon.com/Linear-Algeb...qid=1375840052&sr=1-3&keywords=Linear+Algebra
    Linear Algebra Stephen H. Friedberg https://www.amazon.com/Linear-Algeb...qid=1375840052&sr=1-8&keywords=Linear+Algebra
    Linear Algebra Done Right Sheldon Axler https://www.amazon.com/Linear-Algeb...qid=1375840052&sr=1-6&keywords=Linear+Algebra
    Lectures on Linear Algebra (Dover Books on Mathematics) Gelfand https://www.amazon.com/Lectures-Lin...matics/dp/0486660826/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
    Introduction to Linear Algebra by Marvin Marcus https://www.amazon.com/Introduction...=1-10&keywords=Introduction+to+Linear+Algebra
    Linear and Geometric Algebra by Alan Macdonald https://www.amazon.com/Linear-Geometric-Algebra-Alan-Macdonald/dp/1453854932/ref=pd_sim_b_3
    Any other?(I'm a solid yet concise introduction).thanks.
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  3. Aug 7, 2013 #2
    I am not familiar with Poole, Murcus, or Macdonald, but I would not consider any of the other ones good introductory texts. As an introductory text, I would consider Strang's Linear Algebra and its Applications. You can get the first edition for under $5 easily. There is a full MIT ocw course taught by Strang online.

    I know some people that like Lay's book. Others like Lang's Introduction to Linear Algebra. I personally like Apostol's chapters on linear algebra from his Calculus Vol 1-2. He has a stand-alone book, but it is pricey.
  4. Aug 7, 2013 #3
  5. Aug 7, 2013 #4
    I have heard it is pretty good, but I have not read any of it. It looks like it would be sufficient.
  6. Aug 7, 2013 #5
    Thanks !
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