Groups, Matrices, and Vector Spaces
A Group Theoretic Approach to Linear Algebra
Authors: Carrell, James B.
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This unique text provides a geometric approach to group theory and linear algebra, bringing to light the interesting ways in which these subjects interact. Requiring few prerequisites beyond understanding the notion of a proof, the text aims to give students a strong foundation in both geometry and algebra. Starting with preliminaries (relations, elementary combinatorics, and induction), the book then proceeds to the core topics: the elements of the theory of groups and fields (Lagrange's Theorem, cosets, the complex numbers and the prime fields), matrix theory and matrix groups, determinants, vector spaces, linear mappings, eigentheory and diagonalization, Jordan decomposition and normal form, normal matrices, and quadratic forms. The final two chapters consist of a more intensive look at group theory, emphasizing orbit stabilizer methods, and an introduction to linear algebraic groups, which enriches the notion of a matrix group.
Applications involving symm
etry groups, determinants, linear coding theory and cryptography are interwoven throughout. Each section ends with ample practice problems assisting the reader to better understand the material. Some of the applications are illustrated in the chapter appendices. The author's unique melding of topics evolved from a two semester course that he taught at the University of British Columbia consisting of an undergraduate honors course on abstract linear algebra and a similar course on the theory of groups. The combined content from both makes this rare text ideal for a yearlong course, covering more material than most linear algebra texts. It is also optimal for independent study and as a supplementary text for various professional applications. Advanced undergraduate or graduate students in mathematics, physics, computer science and engineering will find this book both useful and enjoyable.  About the authors

James B. Carrell is Professor Emeritus of mathematics at the University of British Columbia. His research areas include algebraic transformation groups, algebraic geometry, and Lie theory.
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“This is an introductory text on linear algebra and group theory from a geometric viewpoint. The topics, largely standard, are presented in brief, wellorganized one and twopage subsections written in clear, if rather pedestrian, language, with detailed examples.” (R. J. Bumcrot, Mathematical Reviews, February, 2018)
“It is particularly applicable for anyone who is familiar with vector spaces and wants to learn about groups – and also for anyone who is familiar with groups and wants to learn about vector spaces. This book is well readable and therefore suitable for selfstudying. Each chapter begins with a concise and informative summary of its content, guiding the reader to choose the chapters with most interest to him/her.” (Jorma K. Merikoski, zbMATH 1380.15001, 2018)  Video

 Table of contents (12 chapters)


Preliminaries
Pages 19

Groups and Fields: The Two Fundamental Notions of Algebra
Pages 1155

Matrices
Pages 5783

Matrix Inverses, Matrix Groups and the $${ LPDU}$$ Decomposition
Pages 85111

An Introduction to the Theory of Determinants
Pages 113134

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 Book Title
 Groups, Matrices, and Vector Spaces
 Book Subtitle
 A Group Theoretic Approach to Linear Algebra
 Authors

 James B. Carrell
 Copyright
 2017
 Publisher
 SpringerVerlag New York
 Copyright Holder
 Springer Science+Business Media LLC
 eBook ISBN
 9780387794280
 DOI
 10.1007/9780387794280
 Hardcover ISBN
 9780387794273
 Softcover ISBN
 9781493979103
 Edition Number
 1
 Number of Pages
 XVII, 410
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