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Nets, puzzles, and postmen

Author: Peter M Higgins
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this book, the renowned mathematics writer Peter Higgins brings the world of networks to life, in an exploration that ranges from mathematical puzzles to the hidden mathematical structures that underpin many real-world phenomena."--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: Puzzles and games
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter M Higgins
ISBN: 0199218420 9780199218424
OCLC Number: 163311946
Description: viii, 247 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Nets, trees, and lies --
Trees --
Chemical isomers --
Lying liars and the lies they tell --
Trees and games of logic --
Familiar logic games --
Exotic squares and Sudoku --
The nature of nets --
The small world phenomenon --
The bridges of Königsberg --
Hand-shaking and its consequences --
Cycles that take you on a tour --
Party problems --
Colouring and planarity --
The four-colour map problem --
How edges can ruin planarity --
Rabbits out of hats: guarding the gallery ; innocent questions of points and lines ; Brouwer's fixed point theorem --
How to traverse a network --
The Euler-Fleury method --
The Chinese postman problem --
One-way systems --
Nets that remember where you have been --
Nets as machines --
Automata with something to say --
Lattices --
Spanning networks --
Sorting the traffic --
Greedy salesmen --
Finding the quick route --
The P versus NP controversy --
Going with the flow --
Network capacities and finding suitable boys --
Marriage and other problems --
Harems, maximum flows, and other things --
Novel applications of nets --
Instant insanity --
Sharing the wine --
Jealousy problems --
Mazes and labyrinths --
Trees and codes --
Reassembling RNA chains --
For connoisseurs.
Responsibility: Peter M. Higgins.
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What do railways, mingling at parties, mazes, and the internet all have in common? All are networks - people or places or things that connect to one another. Peter Higgins shows that these phenomena  Read more...

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The book will open the eyes of the reader to hidden networks, hence it can be recommended to people wanting to discover a remarkable new view of our world. EMS Newsletter

 
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