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Linear algebra from a historical perspective?

  1. Mar 21, 2010 #1
    Hi all,

    I am looking for either (or both) a non-technical historical account of linear algebra (the closest I've found is Crowe's "A History of Vector Analysis") or an introductory (first course) book that develops the basic ideas in roughly the order they were developed. Do such books exist?
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  4. Mar 23, 2010 #3
    Thanks! Anyone else? It's surprising there is not a more extensive treatment of the historical development of linear algebra. I would think it would be a popular read.
  5. Mar 23, 2010 #4


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    The theory of determinants in the historical order of development, by Sir Thomas Muir. 3vols I think (Paperback)
    ~ Michigan Historical Reprint Series (Author) "THE number of writings to be considered under this heading amounts to about one hundred and eighty (180), and the number of writers to about..."
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