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A Course in Combinatorics

A Course in Combinatorics

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: November 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521006019

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  • This is the second edition of a popular book on combinatorics, a subject dealing with ways of arranging and distributing objects, and which involves ideas from geometry, algebra and analysis. The breadth of the theory is matched by that of its applications, which include topics as diverse as codes, circuit design and algorithm complexity. It has thus become essential for workers in many scientific fields to have some familiarity with the subject. The authors have tried to be as comprehensive as possible, dealing in a unified manner with, for example, graph theory, extremal problems, designs, colorings and codes. The depth and breadth of the coverage make the book a unique guide to the whole of the subject. The book is ideal for courses on combinatorical mathematics at the advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate level. Working mathematicians and scientists will also find it a valuable introduction and reference.

    • Uniquely comprehensive coverage
    • Authors are leading experts
    • Very pedagogic - carefully explained
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Both for the professional with a passing interest in combinatorics and for the students for whom it is primarily intended, this is a valuable book.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

    '… it will no doubt become a standard choice among the many texts on combinatorics … fascinating … it is highly recommended reading.' Dieter Jungnichel, Zentralblatt MATH

    'This well written textbook can be highly recommended to any student of combinatorics and, because of its breadth, has many new things to tell researchers in the field also.' EMS

    'This is a fascinating introduction to almost all aspects of combinatorics. Plenty of interesting problems, concrete examples, useful notes and references complement the main text. This book can be highly recommended to everyone interested in combinatorics.' Monatshefe für Mathematik

    '… becoming a modern classic … every good student should progress to this book at some stage: it is a wonderful source of elegant proofs and tantalising examples. No-one will find it easy, but every budding or established combinatorialist will be enriched by it … This text is unashamedly and impressively mathematical; it will challenge and inform every reader and is a very significant achievement.' The Mathematical Gazette

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: November 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521006019
    • length: 620 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 33 mm
    • weight: 1.02kg
    • contains: 66 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Graphs
    2. Trees
    3. Colorings of graphs and Ramsey's theorem
    4. Turán's theorem and extremal graphs
    5. Systems of distinct representatives
    6. Dilworth's theorem and extremal set theory
    7. Flows in networks
    8. De Bruijn sequences
    9. The addressing problem for graphs
    10. The principle of inclusion and exclusion: inversion formulae
    11. Permanents
    12. The Van der Waerden conjecture
    13. Elementary counting: Stirling numbers
    14. Recursions and generating functions
    15. Partitions
    16. (0,1)-matrices
    17. Latin squares
    18. Hadamard matrices, Reed-Muller codes
    19. Designs
    20. Codes and designs
    21. Strongly regular graphs and partial geometries
    22. Orthogonal Latin squares
    23. Projective and combinatorial geometries
    24. Gaussian numbers and q-analogues
    25. Lattices and Möbius inversion
    26. Combinatorial designs and projective geometries
    27. Difference sets and automorphisms
    28. Difference sets and the group ring
    29. Codes and symmetric designs
    30. Association schemes
    31. Algebraic graph theory: eigenvalue techniques
    32. Graphs: planarity and duality
    33. Graphs: colorings and embeddings
    34. Electrical networks and squared squares
    35. Pólya theory of counting
    36. Baranyai's theorem
    Name index
    Subject index.

  • Authors

    J. H. van Lint, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, The Netherlands

    R. M. Wilson, California Institute of Technology

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