5 thoughts on “The Manga Guide to Linear Algebra

  1. The preface of this book states that it is “meant as a complement to other, more comprehensive literature, not as a substitute.” It would of course be wise of me to agree with this statement, but I’m tempted not to. I have my reasons.

    I took Linear Algebra in college as part of my Computer Science curriculum. Having persisted through three semesters of Calculus by will power alone, and having heard horror stories about Linear Algebra, I duly invested the effort required to get a decent grade. Wit

  2. For anyone who struggles with linear algebra, this book is absolutely great! It shows the big picture, what is going on with things like linear independence, the concept of the basis, eigenvectors, etc.

    It avoids proofs entirely, and that is fine. This book is intended only to get you started, and I learned much from it.

  3. This in an entertaining run through of all of the main concepts of linear algebra. While it doesn’t go through proofing any of the methods of properties, it gives you good intuition for them. The topics covers are on par or greater than a introductory college course in linear algebra.

    The only fault I found is that it rushes through matrix multiplication. This is a pretty critical thing to master early, and if the reader isn’t familiar with how to multiply matrices, it will make the rest of the

  4. Probably more like 3.5 stars, but rounding up because I can see what the creators were going for and I think it’s a laudable idea. Trying to present complex topics in the context of a story is a good idea, but the two were less interwoven here and more just interleaved. I also think that the difficulty of this kind of material when approached without an instructor can quickly become a step function, and human explanation can be required to bridge some of the gaps as you move through the topics.

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