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Matroids: A Geometric Introduction by Gary (Lafayette College, Pennsylvania) Gordon, Jennifer (University of Montana) McNulty
  

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Matroids: A Geometric Introduction by Gary (Lafayette College, Pennsylvania) Gordon, Jennifer (University of Montana) McNulty

Matroid theory is a vibrant area of research that provides a unified way to understand graph theory, linear algebra and combinatorics via finite geometry. This book provides the first comprehensive introduction to the field which will appeal to undergraduate students and to any mathematician interested in the geometric approach to matroids. Written in a friendly, fun-to-read style and developed from the authors' own undergraduate courses, the book is ideal for students. Beginning with a basic introduction to matroids, the book quickly familiarizes the reader with the breadth of the subject, and specific examples are used to illustrate the theory and to help students see matroids as more than just generalizations of graphs. Over 300 exercises are included, with many hints and solutions so students can test their understanding of the materials covered. The authors have also included several projects and open-ended research problems for independent study.

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The authors write in an entertaining, conversational style, and the text is often peppered with humorous footnotes. Nearly 300 exercises and scores of references will benefit motivated readers.

-J. T. Saccoman, Choice


About the Author

Gary Gordon is a Professor in the Mathematics Department at Lafayette College, Pennsylvania. Jenny McNulty is a Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Montana, Missoula.

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Publication date

2nd August 2012

Author

Gary (Lafayette College, Pennsylvania) Gordon, Jennifer (University of Montana) McNulty

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Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Format

Hardback
410 pages

Categories

Combinatorics & graph theory
Algebraic geometry

ISBN

9780521767248

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