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Steven Finch provides 136 essays, each devoted to a mathematical constant or a class of constants, from the well known to the highly exotic. This book is helpful both to readers seeking information about a specific constant, and to readers who desire a panoramic view of all constants coming from a particular field, for example, combinatorial enumeration or geometric optimization. Unsolved problems appear virtually everywhere as well. This work represents an outstanding scholarly attempt to bring together all significant mathematical constants in one place.Read more
- Thorough and complete development of some important matrix classes of combinatorial importance
- Both existence questions and algorithms are given for most matrix classes treated
- Important combinatorial and linear-algebraic parameters associated with these classes are thoroughly investigated
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"Enormous fun, and you don't even have to follow any difficult arguments; a treasure-trove for the mathematical beachcomber."
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"I think all mathematicians should own this book...there are sections where the author conveys admirably his excitement over some unexpected and beautiful sequence of ideas. I pay the author the earnest compliment of stating that nearly every page in the book is an adventure."
The Mathematical Intelligencer
"Very accessible...The author's clear and engaging style makes the book a pleasure to read."
"This is a very useful book...The emphasis is on the mathematical origin of the constants and their interrelationships. The aim is always to be clear and complete, to motivate why a particular constant or idea is important, and to indicate exactly where in the literature one should look for rigorous proofs and further elaboration. This book should be in each mathematical library."
Monatshefte für Mathematik
"I consider this book to be an essential component of all mathematical libraries. I have placed it on my 'within the grasp' shelf and have strongly recommended to the college library that it be added to the reference collection."
Charles Ashbacher, amazon.com
"The present book fully lives up to all expectations... it presents much material that was not before available in book form, and also gathers together related but previously scattered material... Readers are likely to enjoy this encyclopedic format even if not all of the subtopics are of immediate interest."
Thomas Britz, Mathematical Reviews
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- Date Published: August 2006
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521865654
- length: 554 pages
- dimensions: 239 x 165 x 33 mm
- weight: 0.936kg
- contains: 4 tables
- availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
Table of Contents
2. Basic existence theorems for matrices with prescribed properties
3. The class A(R
S) of (0,1)-matrices
4. More on the class A(R
S) of (0,1)-matrices
5. The class T(R) of tournament matrices
6. Interchange graphs
7. Classes of symmetric integral matrices
8. Convex polytopes of matrices
9. Doubly stochastic matrices.
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