Graph Theory 1736-1936 by Norman L. Biggs

Graph Theory 1736-1936

byNorman L. Biggs, E. Keith Lloyd, Robin J. Wilson

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First published in 1976, this book has been widely acclaimed both for its significant contribution to the history of mathematics and for the way that it brings the subject alive. Building on a set of original writings from some of the founders of graph theory, the book traces the historicaldevelopment of the subject through a linking commentary. The relevant underlying mathematics is also explained, providing an original introduction to the subject for students. From reviews: 'The book...serves as an excellent examplein fact, as a modelof a new approach to one aspect of mathematics,when mathematics is considered as a living, vital and developing tradition.' (Edward A. Maziark in Isis) 'Biggs, Lloyd and Wilson's unusual and remarkable book traces the evolution and development of graph theory...Conceived in a very original manner and obviously written with devotion and a verygreat amount of painstaking historical research, it contains an exceptionally fine collection of source material, and to a graph theorist it is a treasure chest of fascinating historical information and curiosities with rich food for thought.' (Gabriel Dirac in Centaurus) 'The lucidity, grace andwit of the writing makes this book a pleasure to read and re-read.' (S. H. Hollingdale in Bulletin of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications)

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Norman L. Biggs is at London School of Economics. E. Keith Lloyd is at University of Southampton.
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Title:Graph Theory 1736-1936Format:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.59 inPublished:September 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198539169

ISBN - 13:9780198539162

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Table of Contents

1. Oaths2. Circuits3. Trees4. Chemical graphs5. Euler's polyhedral formula6. The four-colour problem - early history7. Colouring maps on surfaces8. Ideas from algebra and topology9. The four-colour problem - to 193610. The factorization of graphsAppendix 1: Graph theory since 1936Appendix 2: Bibliographical notesAppendix 3: Bibliography: 1736-1936