Linear Algebra, Geodesy, and GPS

Gilbert Strang and Kai Borre

Wellesley-Cambridge Press

email: gs@math.mit.edu

Book Review: Surveying and Land Information Systems

This book has many strengths. The first is the variety of points

of view it offers. If you have not liked linear algebra and least

squares before, try this book. It is complete, helpful, and you may

find an explanation that appeals to you. If you do like these subjects,

you should also try this book. You may learn something new or gain some

deeper insight.

Another strength is that the reader sees a lot of material treated with

consistent notation and in a fairly consistent style. A third strength

is the sheer wealth of material this book includes. Even though the GPS

material comes at the end of a long book, it contains most of the material

found in other books. Some topics, such as the effect of the uncertainty

of the fixed control and the LAMBDA method for estimating GPS observations,

appear in textbook form for the first time.

This book is suitable both for classroom use, where it could easily support

a three-semester sequence, and as a personal reference. At $66 for 640 pages,

it is well worth the price.

Charles R. Schwarz

National Geodetic Survey