Matroids: A Geometric Introduction

Matroids: A Geometric Introduction

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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 more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 260 b/w illus. 10 colour illus. 50 tables 300 exercises
  • 1139533797
  • 9781139533799

About Gary Gordon

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, more

Table of contents

1. A tour of matroids; 2. Cryptomorphisms; 3. New matroids from old; 4. Graphic matroids; 5. Finite geometry; 6. Representable matroids; 7. Other matroids; 8. Matroid minors; 9. The Tutte polynomial; Projects; Appendix: matroid axiom systems; Bibliography; more

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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, Choiceshow more

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