Combinatorics: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | April 20, 2016

byRobin Wilson

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How many possible sudoku puzzles are there? In the lottery, what is the chance that two winning balls have consecutive numbers? Who invented Pascal's triangle? (it was not Pascal)Combinatorics, the branch of mathematics concerned with selecting, arranging, and listing or counting collections of objects, works to answer all these questions. Dating back some 3000 years, and initially consisting mainly of the study of permutations and combinations, its scope has broadened toinclude topics such as graph theory, partitions of numbers, block designs, design of codes, and latin squares. In this Very Short Introduction Robin Wilson gives an overview of the field and its applications in mathematics and computer theory, considering problems from the shortest routes coveringcertain stops to the minimum number of colours needed to colour a map with different colours for neighbouring countries.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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How many possible sudoku puzzles are there? In the lottery, what is the chance that two winning balls have consecutive numbers? Who invented Pascal's triangle? (it was not Pascal)Combinatorics, the branch of mathematics concerned with selecting, arranging, and listing or counting collections of objects, works to answer all these quest...

Professor Robin Wilson taught at the Open University for many years, and was in charge of the team writing course materials on Combinatorics. He has taught mathematics at several Oxford colleges and was Gresham Professor of Geometry, giving regular lectures to the general public. He is currently President of the British Society for the...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:152 pagesPublished:April 20, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780198723493

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1. What is combinatorics?2. Four types of problem3. Permutations and combinations4. A combinatorial zoo5. Tilings and polyhedra6. Graphs7. Square arrays8. Designs and geometry9. PartitionsFurther ReadingIndex