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Graph Theory 1736-1936 New ed Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0198539162
ISBN-10: 0198539169
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"The lucidity, grace and wit of the writing makes this book a pleasure to read and re-read."--Bulletin of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications


"Recommended to all graph theorists interested in the history of their subject."--Mathematical Reviews


About the Author

Norman L. Biggs is at London School of Economics. E. Keith Lloyd is at University of Southampton.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press; New ed edition (February 18, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198539169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198539162
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.6 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,144,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book teaches basic graph theory through excerpts from original papers in English translation. In between, the authors discuss the history and the mathematical concepts at an elementary level, hoping that the book may serve as a first textbook of graph theory. I think it could serve this purpose very well. There is a lot of focus on the puzzle-style origins of graph theory, starting with marvelous 18th century classics of Euler and Vandermonde and then including many other charming little topics like for instance a very nice 1895 paper of Tarry on how to find your way out of a maze. There are also topics from other fields (e.g. chemistry), but here I think the background discussions are a bit weak. Something like half the book is centred around the four-colour problem, which is historically faithful and necessary, but it is obviously disturbing that the book ends long before this problem was solved.
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