Multilinear algebra

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The branch of algebra dealing with multilinear mappings (cf. Multilinear mapping) between modules (in particular, vector spaces). The first sections of multilinear algebra were the theory of bilinear and quadratic forms, the theory of determinants, and the Grassmann calculus that extends this (see Exterior algebra; Bilinear form; Quadratic form; Determinant). A basic role in multilinear algebra is played by the concepts of a tensor product, a tensor on a vector space and a multilinear form. The applications of multilinear algebra to geometry and analysis are related mainly to tensor calculus and differential forms (cf. Differential form).


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This article was adapted from an original article by A.L. Onishchik (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article