This text is a carefully structured, coherent, and comprehensive course of discrete mathematics. The approach is traditional, deductive, and straightforward, with no unnecessary abstraction. It is self-contained including all the fundamental ideas in the field. It can be approached by anyone with basic competence in arithmetic and experience of simple algebraic manipulations. Students of computer science whose curriculum may not allow the study of many ancillary mathematics courses will find it particularly useful. Mathematics students seeking a first approach to courses such as graph theory, combinatorics, number theory, coding theory, combinatorial optimization, and abstract algebra will also enjoy a clear introduction to these more specialized fields. The main changes to this new edition are to present descriptions of numerous algorithms on a form close to that of a real programming language. The aim is to enable students to develop practical programs from the design of algorithms. Students of mathematics and computer science seeking an eloquent introduction to discrete mathematics will be pleased by this work.
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Norman L. Biggs is Professor of Mathematics, London School of Economics, University of London
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`From recent reviews of the first edition:
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Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society
`"the comprehensive course of discrete mathematics" '
L'Enseignement Mathematique, t.36, fasc.1-2, 1990
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Book Description Oxford University Press, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110198534272
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