Some linear algebra books try to focus on concrete geometrical intuitions (like Practical Linear Algebra: A Geometry Toolbox), from which more abstract concepts can be generalized. Others (like Linear Algebra Done Right) take a high-level approach, starting at a general level and linking abstract concepts through elegant proofs. This book does neither. For example, it defines concepts like matrix multiplication and determinant with absolutely no motivation. You might expect a chapter on determinants to contain, oh I don't know, a picture of a parallelogram somewhere? Keep looking. It spends whole chapters teaching you to perform busy-work algorithms by hand, when they could easily be automated. So you get NO insight of any kinds â€“ either concrete geometrical insight, nor algebraic insight about the abstract relationships between the concepts.

I don't have a constructive proof for the existence of an ideal linear algebra textbook, but the proof that it exists is a simple lemma: it is exactly the complement of this one.

**Hardcover:**792 pages**Publisher:**John Wiley & Sons; 10th Edition edition (20 April 2010)**Language:**English**ISBN-10:**0470432055**ISBN-13:**978-0470432051**Product Dimensions:**20.9 x 3.3 x 25.2 cm**Boxed-product Weight:**1.4 Kg**Average Customer Review:**Be the first to review this item