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Indefinite Linear Algebra and Applications


About this book


This book is dedicated to relatively recent results in linear algebra with indefinite inner product. It also includes applications to differential and difference equations with symmetries, matrix polynomials and Riccati equations. These applications have been developed in the last fifty years, and all of them are based on linear algebra in spaces with indefinite inner product. The latter forms a new more or less independent branch of linear algebra and we gave it the name of indefinite linear algebra. This new subject in linear algebra is presented following the lines and principles of a standard linear algebra course.
This book has the structure of a graduate text in which chapters of advanced linear algebra form the core. This together with the many significant applications and accessible style will make it widely useful for engineers, scientists and mathematicians alike.


Inner product spaces Linear functional analysis Matrix Operator theory algebra linear algebra

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Mathematical Sciences Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact SciencesTel Aviv UniversityRamat AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Department of Mathematics and StatisticsUniversity of CalgaryCalgary, AlbertaCanada
  3. 3.Department of MathematicsCollege of William and MaryWilliamsburgUSA

Bibliographic information


This is a splendidly written book, one of a number by three of the world’s leading linear algebraists, that collects many results on indefinite linear algebra from the literature and puts them all in a single place. The book is based in part on a 1983 book titled Matrices and Indefinite Scalar Products by the same authors and publisher but includes many contemporary results from the journal literature and elsewhere. In fact, the ends of many of the chapters provide a guide to sources where further materials are to be found. There are some excellent exercises collected at the end of each chapter making the book ideal as a graduate-level textbook.

(SIAM Review)

"The reviewer is convinced that the present book will be welcome by all readers interested in applications of indefinite linear algebra in matrix polynomials, differential equations and difference equations with constant coefficients." Mircea Crâsmareanu, Analele Stiintifice