An Introduction to Linear Algebra and Tensors Free Download

An Introduction to Linear Algebra and Tensors

The present book, a valuable addition to the English-language literature on linear algebra and tensors, constitutes a lucid, eminently readable and completely elementary introduction to this field of mathematics. A special merit of the book is its free use of tensor notation, in particular the Einstein summation convention. The treatment is virtually self-contained. In fact, the mathematical background assumed on the part of the reader hardly exceeds a smattering of calculus and a casual acquaintance with determinants. The authors begin with linear spaces, starting with basic concepts and ending with topics in analytic geometry. They then treat multilinear forms and tensors (linear and bilinear forms, general definition of a tensor, algebraic operations on tensors, symmetric and antisymmetric tensors, etc.), and linear transformation (again basic concepts, the matrix and multiplication of linear transformations, inverse transformations and matrices, groups and subgroups, etc.). The last chapter deals with further topics in the field: eigenvectors and eigenvalues, matrix polynomials and the Hamilton-Cayley theorem, reduction of a quadratic form to canonical form, representation of a nonsingular transformation, and more. Each individual section there are 25 in all contains a problem set, making a total of over 250 problems, all carefully selected and matched. Hints and answers to most of the problems can be found at the end of the book.

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