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The Manga Guide to Linear Algebra

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  • Posted November 28, 2014

    I learned more about linear algebra with this book than in the college class.

    This is the ONLY book that explained the concepts of the basis, the eigenvector, and the eigenvalue to me in a way that was immediately understandable. It exceeds the textbooks I have by providing visual examples that immediately show the results of using these tools.

    I have been using linear algebra for years for various purposes, but I now have new insights into the processes I have been using. And I had a fun story to read as well.

    The only things missing are the Gauss-Jordan elimination that computers use to solve a system of equations, and linear programming.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    I've always avoided the Manga series (The Manga Guide to Neurosu

    I've always avoided the Manga series (The Manga Guide to Neurosurgery, The Manga Guide to Xenolinguistics, and so forth), but I use a lot of math in my programming, including linear algebra, so when I saw The Manga Guide to Linear Algebra I thought I’d give it a try.
    The book teaches the basics of linear algebra from the ground up. It starts with the definitions from set theory that you need to know to understand the underpinnings of linear algebra and works up from there so you don’t need any previous background in any sort of mathematics.

    The book’s format is a bit quirky, with one manga character teaching another about linear algebra, but the result is surprisingly effective. Different students learn best with different teaching methods. For example, some learn best by reading a textbook, others by working through exercises, and still others by listening to someone explain a topic. I fall into the last group and usually learn the most by watching lectures. Surprisingly this book seemed to fit my learning style fairly well. Even though the “lectures” are given by manga characters, it seemed easier for me to digest than a normal textbook.

    The material is presented clearly, logically, and in an easy-to-follow style. I also admit I got hooked on the corny teen romance storyline running throughout the book.

    My only real complaint about this book is that it doesn’t include many exercises. The characters work through enough examples to give you a decent understanding of the material but a bunch of exercises would let readers use another method for cementing the information in their minds.

    This book also doesn’t cover the full breadth of linear algebra and I vaguely remember some topics from my undergraduate days that weren’t fully explored in this book, but it does provide a good introduction so you’ll be ready for further research into linear algebra either in a class or in another book.

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  • Posted June 14, 2012

    Helpful and fun!

    For Neo to not get stuck in The Matrix, he first had to learn kung fu. But for Misa to not get stuck in a matrix while studying linear algebra, her tutor has to learn karate. From her big brother, a hulking man-among-men. That’s the trade, anyway; Reiji the math geek will teach Misa linear algebra in exchange for her big (big) brother teaching Reiji how to use karate. But big bro doesn’t seem too happy about the situation — especially since Misa seems to find her tutor more and more wonderful each day. And handsome. And kind. Score one for the math geeks.

    The Manga Guide to Linear Algebra , written by Shin Takahashi, tells their story, while weaving their anecdotes and examples into the abstract fundamentals of linear algebra. “Fun” isn’t usually a word one associates with high-end math, but the book is really fun, and makes linear algebra easy to understand, as it weaves examples of miniature golfing, “claw” gift machines, and more, into the study of vectors, matrices, linear transformations, and eigenvalues and eigenvectors. The manga helps the reader to learn, just as Misa does, as her sympathetic tutor leads us all through the abstract mysteries of linear algebra.

    Anyone studying the subject could benefit from the book, and just a few hours going through the fun story — including Reiji’s clear explanations of the fundamentals, and the handful of straightforward Q&As at the end of each chapter — would surely learn enough to get a “big picture” understanding of the problems one faces, and how to figure them out. And it would make for an excellent review for anyone returning to their studies, as a quick refresher course. The Manga Guide to Linear Algebra is highly recommended for any math student… I just wish they’d had this book when I was in school!

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