Book Reviews

Vectors, Pure and Applied: A General Introduction to Linear Algebra

T.W. K├Ârner

Cambridge, 2013; $119.00 (hardcover).

This is a technically ambitious book that seeks to present vectors and matrices from several points of view, including that of the physicist. However, the book feels more like a standard mathematical text. Physicists will probably find the sections on Cartesian tensors the most useful. The author included several curious asides and footnotes, which I find distracting and may be confusing to readers outside the United Kingdom. . His 50 years at Cambridge may account for this regional commentary. For example, a footnote compares a technical term with “referring to Mr. and Mrs. Smith as royalty on the grounds that Mr. Smith is a 12th cousin to the Queen.” It’s also curious that the author refers to the reader as “she” instead of using the more inclusive term, “s/he.”   

Review by K. Alan Shore, Bangor University, School of Electronic Engineering, Bangor, Wales, United Kingdom.

The opinions expressed in the book review section are those of the reviewer and do not necessarily reflect those of OPN or OSA.


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