# Linear Algebra and Its Applications

There are two excellent "Linear Algebra and Its Applications" textbooks available today that areÂ particularlyÂ popular among Algebra students. Gilbert Strang is the author of one of these textbooks, and David Lay also has own book of the same name. Though these two textbooks are entirely different from each other due to being written by different authors, the subject matter remains very similar. It is a good idea for professors to clearly instruct which author's Linear Algebra and Its Applications textbook will be used for class, this helps students avoid confusion.
Each author brings their own personal touch, research, and breadth ofÂ knowledgeÂ to a subject that clearly each love and know like the back of their hands.

### Gilbert Strang

*Linear Algebra and Its Applications*written by Dr. Gilbert Strang, professor of Math at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a wonderful textbook to read while learning this subject. A Rhode Scholar at Oxford, and Sloane Fellow among other honors, he brings his own training and care to his textbookÂ Linear Algebra and Its Applications.Â Making intuitive understanding the focus of his material, his love of the subject incorporates unique perspectives explaining the math behind the ideas rather than only going over sample problems. Understanding not just how numbers and algebraicÂ equationsÂ interact is not enough, students should learn why numbers are behaving a certain way. It is this underlying detail in mathematics that is vital in order to quickly progress through material. Not all student's possess the capability of understanding the subject matter to this level, but Strang goes far and wide in giving students the building blocks they need to try. His communication style is personal and informal as he empowers his readers to garner the math processes they need while not being overwhelming.Â Gilbert Strang's textbook has a 1st edition, 2nd edition, 3rd edition, and a 4th edition. Another author of an excellent math book was written by Dr. David Lay.