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Design Theory: Volume 1 (Encyclopedia of Mathematics and its Applications) [Hardcover]

Thomas Beth , Deiter Jungnickel , Hanfried Lenz
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December 28, 1999 0521444322 978-0521444323 2
This is the first volume of a two-volume text on design theory. Since the first edition, there has been extensive development of the theory. In particular, the growing importance of discrete mathematics to many parts of engineering and science has made designs a useful tool for applications. The authors acknowledge this trend with an additional chapter on applications. It is suitable for advanced courses and as a reference work, not only for researchers in discrete mathematics or finite algebra, but also for those working in computer and communications engineering. The book features exercises throughout and concludes with an extensive and updated bibliography of over 1800 entries.

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This is a comprehensive treatment of the theory of combinatorial designs which will be welcomed by all mathematicians working in combinatorics. A familiarity with basic algebra is the only prerequisite, and other than that the book is self contained. It is suitable for advanced courses and as a reference work; exercises are included throughout. The book concludes with an extensive and updated biblioghraphy of well over 500 items.

Product Details

  • Series: Encyclopedia of Mathematics and its Applications (Book 69)
  • Hardcover: 1120 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (December 28, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521444322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521444323
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 6.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,289,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of useful data May 26, 2009
At the price only very serious scholar are going to buy these volumes.
The presentation is dense in the form of theorem and proof with references.
As a library volume it is fine, but as a text about design theory,
I'd have to say the result is a failure; for me at least.
I'm very much interested in learning about design theory and
the closely related Steiner systems, but this text seems to assume a lot more knowledge than such a text probably should.
As a result in a short period of time in a library check out
in a book that you can't make marginal notes in,
you just aren't given enough information to be of use.Comparing this volume to Handbook of Combinatorics : Volume I
I'd say this is slightly better, but both present the sporadic groups
in a way that is entirely "dense"
and not really productive to someone wanting to calculate them?
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