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Handbook of Mathematical Induction: Theory and Applications (Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications) 1st Edition

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… a treasure trove for anyone who is … interested in mathematics as a hobby, or as the target of proof automation or assistance. It could also be the basis for a crosscutting course in mathematics, based on seeing how one can apply a single proof technique across the field.
― Simon Thompson in Computing News, May 2011

Gunderson started out collecting some induction problems for discrete math students and then couldn't stop himself, thereafter assembling more than 750 of the addictive things for this handbook and supplementing them with a grounding in theory and discussion of applications. He offers 500-plus complete solutions, and many of the other problems come with hints or references; unlike other treatments, this handbook treats the subject seriously and is not just a ‘collection of recipes’. It’s a book that will work well with most math or computing science courses, on a subject that pertains to graph theory, point set topology, elementary number theory, linear algebra, analysis, probability theory, geometry, group theory, and game theory, among many other topics.
SciTech Book News, February 2011

… a unique work … the ostensibly narrow subject of mathematical induction is carefully and systematically expounded, from its more elementary aspects to some quite sophisticated uses of the technique. This is done with a (very proper!) emphasis on solving problems by means of some form of induction or other … any of us who regularly teach the undergraduate course aimed at introducing mathematics majors to methods of proof quite simply need to own this book. … In this boot camp course, it is imperative that problems should be abundant, both in supply and variety, and should be capable of careful dissection. Gunderson hit[s] the mark on both counts … Gunderson’s discussions are evocative and thorough and can be appreciated by mathematicians of all sorts … [he] develop[s] the requisite surrounding material with great care, considerably enhancing the value of his book as a supplementary text for a huge number of courses, both at an undergraduate and graduate level … a very welcome addition to the literature …
MAA Reviews, December 2010

About the Author

David S. Gunderson is a professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. He earned his Ph.D. in pure mathematics from Emory University. His research interests include Ramsey theory, extremal graph theory, combinatorial geometry, combinatorial number theory, and lattice theory.

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Product Details

  • Series: Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications
  • Hardcover: 921 pages
  • Publisher: Chapman and Hall/CRC; 1 edition (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420093649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420093643
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 7.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,569,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Karen Johannson on October 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book covers a phenomenal amount of material on the many uses of mathematical induction: from identities, inequalities and sequences, to number theory, set theory, topology, logic, graph theory, recursion, algebra, geometry, probability and many more.

I think this book would make a great resource for any student of mathematics, not only for the wealth of problems (and solutions), but also for the chapters on how to write a proof by mathematical induction and as a guide to common proof techniques. The first part also contains fascinating chapters on the history and theory of induction that provide a detailed exposition of the set theory underlying the principle of mathematical induction.

Working mathematicians and instructors will also find this book amazingly useful, as both a sourcebook of problems and background when teaching mathematical induction and as a reference for the proofs of a huge number of useful theorems in each of the subjects that are covered.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SS on October 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book quickly became one of my favorites for it's richness of the examples from all fields of mathematics, ranging from number theory to probability and statistics.
Not only does it provide you with the huge armory for being able to tackle very tricky mathematical statements, it also has a good introduction to each field with needed theorems and proofs.
Also, author's great sense of humor make the book even more enjoyable to read! It is an absolutely "must have" for anyone, who call himself a mathgeek.
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By GregO on March 3, 2014
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I love this book. If you want a comprehensive look at mathematical induction, this book is for you. Looks at many areas in which induction applies, and provides plenty of examples.
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3 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Vic Dannon on October 2, 2010
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Not a Handbook.
Highly disorganized collection of problems and solutions.
Problems scattered through the book.
Solutions in remote pages.
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