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Geometry of Chemical Graphs
Polycycles and Two-faced Maps


Part of Encyclopedia of Mathematics and its Applications

  • Date Published: June 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521873079

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  • Polycycles and symmetric polyhedra appear as generalisations of graphs in the modelling of molecular structures, such as the Nobel prize winning fullerenes, occurring in chemistry and crystallography. The chemistry has inspired and informed many interesting questions in mathematics and computer science, which in turn have suggested directions for synthesis of molecules. Here the authors give access to new results in the theory of polycycles and two-faced maps together with the relevant background material and mathematical tools for their study. Organised so that, after reading the introductory chapter, each chapter can be read independently from the others, the book should be accessible to researchers and students in graph theory, discrete geometry, and combinatorics, as well as to those in more applied areas such as mathematical chemistry and crystallography. Many of the results in the subject require the use of computer enumeration; the corresponding programs are available from the author's website.

    • The first book on the subject of polycycles; contains all relevant background material and mathematical tools for their study
    • Accessible to researchers and students in graph theory, discrete geometry, and combinatorics, as well as to those in more applied areas such as mathematical chemistry and crystallography
    • Programs for these results are available from the web page
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    '… a rich source of chemical graphs (and beyond) and their properties. It should thus serve as a standard reference for researchers in the area.' Mathematical Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521873079
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 241 x 165 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • contains: 295 b/w illus. 3 colour illus. 15 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Two-faced maps
    3. Fullerenes as tilings of surfaces
    4. Polycycles
    5. Polycycles with given boundary
    6. Symmetries of polycycles
    7. Elementary polycycles
    8. Applications of elementary decompositions to (r, q)-polycycles
    9. Strictly face-regular spheres and tori
    10. Parabolic weakly face-regular spheres
    11. Generalities on 3-valent face-regular maps
    12. Spheres and tori, which are aRi
    13. Frank-Kasper spheres and tori
    14. Spheres and tori, which are bR1
    15. Spheres and tori, which are bR2
    16. Spheres and tori, which are bR3
    17. Spheres and tori, which are bR4
    18. Spheres and tori, which are bRj for j ≥ 5
    19. Icosahedral fulleroids.

  • Authors

    Michel Deza, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris
    Michel Deza is Director of Research at CNRS, Director of the Laboratoire interdisciplinaire de géométrie appliquée, and a Professor at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris. He is Editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Combinatorics and this is his 12th book.

    Mathieu Dutour Sikirić, Institut Rudjer Bošković, Zagreb
    Mathieu Dutour Sikirić is a Researcher of Mathematics at Institut Rudjer Bošković, Zagreb. His research interests include enumeration and extremal problems, in relation to plane graph and discrete structures; polyhedral enumeration, Lattices, Delaunay polytopes and dual description problems.

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