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Linear Algebra / Edition 1

Linear Algebra / Edition 1

by Peter D. Lax


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This introduction to linear algebra by world-renowned mathematician Peter Lax is unique in its emphasis on the analytical aspects of the subject as well as its numerous applications. The book grew out of Dr. Lax's course notes for the linear algebra classes he teaches at New York University. Geared to graduate students as well as advanced undergraduates, it assumes only limited knowledge of linear algebra and avoids subjects already heavily treated in other textbooks. And while it discusses linear equations, matrices, determinants, and vector spaces, it also in-cludes a number of exciting topics that are not covered elsewhere, such as eigenvalues, the Hahn-Banach theorem, geometry, game theory, and numerical analysis.

The first four chapters are devoted to the abstract structure of finite dimensional vector spaces. Subsequent chapters deal with determinants as a blend of geometry, algebra, and general spectral theory. Euclidean structure is used to explain the notion of selfadjoint mappings and their spectral theory. Dr. Lax moves on to the calculus of vector and matrix valued functions of a single variable—a neglected topic in most undergraduate programs—and presents matrix inequalities from a variety of perspectives.

Fundamentals—including duality, linear mappings, and matrices

  • Determinant, trace, and spectral theory
  • Euclidean structure and the spectral theory of selfadjoint maps
  • Calculus of vector and matrix valued functions
  • Matrix inequalities
  • Kinematics and dynamics
  • Convexity and the duality theorem
  • Normed linear spaces, linear mappings between normed spaces, and positive matrices
  • Iterative methods for solving systems of linear equations
  • Eight appendices devoted to important related topics, including special determinants, Pfaff's theorem, symplectic matrices, tensor product, lattices, fast matrix multiplication, Gershgorin's theorem, and multiplicity of eigenvalues

Later chapters cover convexity and the duality theorem, describe the basics of normed linear spaces and linear maps between normed spaces, and discuss the dominant eigenvalue of matrices whose entries are positive or merely non-negative. The final chapter is devoted to numerical methods and describes Lanczos' procedure for inverting a symmetric, positive definite matrix. Eight appendices cover important topics that do not fit into the main thread of the book.

Clear, concise, and superbly organized, Linear Algebra is an excellent text for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses and also serves as a handy professional reference.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780471111115
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/28/1997
Series: Pure and Applied Mathematics: A Wiley Series of Texts, Monographs and Tracts Series , #23
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

PETER D. LAX, PhD, has had a long and distinguished career in mathematics. A student and then colleague of Richard Courant, Fritz John, and K. O. Frederichs, he is considered one of the world's leading mathematicians. He teaches at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.

Table of Contents



Linear Mappings.


Determinant and Trace.

Spectral Theory.

Euclidean Structure.

Spectral Theory of Selfadjoint Mappings.

Calculus of Vector and Matrix Valued Functions.

Matrix Inequalities.

Kinematics and Dynamics.


The Duality Theorem.

Normed Linear Spaces.

Linear Mappings Between Normed Spaces.

Positive Matrices.

How to Solve Systems of Linear Equations.




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