The Fascinating World of Graph Theory |
Graph theory goes back several centuries and revolves around the study of graphs—mathematical structures showing relations between objects. With applications in biology, computer science, transportation science, and other areas, graph theory encompasses some of the most beautiful formulas in mathematics—and some of its most famous problems. The Fascinating World of Graph Theory explores the questions and puzzles that have been studied, and often solved, through graph theory. This book looks at graph theory's development and the vibrant individuals responsible for the field's growth. Introducing fundamental concepts, the authors explore a diverse plethora of classic problems such as the Lights Out Puzzle, and each chapter contains math exercises for readers to savor. An eye-opening journey into the world of graphs, The Fascinating World of Graph Theory offers exciting problem-solving possibilities for mathematics and beyond. Arthur Benjamin is professor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College. Gary Chartrand is professor emeritus of mathematics at Western Michigan University. Ping Zhang is professor of mathematics at Western Michigan University. "The Fascinating World of Graph Theoryshows its pedagogic value. Traditional courseware develops subject matter from the bottom on up, going from basic definitions to the more complex. [This book] is different, not starting with the simplest structures or algorithms but with interesting problems to be solved, puzzles that use graphs and networks. . . . [It is] readable and ‘student-friendly'--more so than the typical math textbook."--New York Journal of Books "[The authors] have set out to make graph theory not only accessible to people with a limited mathematics background, but also to make it interesting. They have--by virtue of very clear writing, combined with a greater-than-usual emphasis on the historical and personal side of the subject--succeeded admirably."--MAA Reviews "The book is written masterfully; the narrative in each chapter flows naturally, engagingly. . . . [I]t's a popular but also comprehensive introduction into graph theory."--Alexander Bogomolny, Cut the Knot blog "A fun and interesting tour of graph theory, leaving each visitor with a feeling of accomplishment and a satisfying understanding of this unusual mathematical world. . . . This is an entertaining book for those who enjoy solving problems, plus readers will learn about some powerful mathematical ideas along the way!"--Choice "Here is a book with an enjoyable mix of mathematics and its applications, spiced with liberal amounts of history and anecdote. . . . The value of books like this is that they make mathematics come alive to a broad range of readers who might not look twice at a textbook or monograph."--Norman Biggs, London Mathematical Society Newsletter Preface vii Subject Areas:
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