An Invitation to Combinatorics: Cambridge Mathematical Textbooks

Autor Shahriar Shahriari
en Limba Engleză Hardback – 22 iul 2021
Active student engagement is key to this classroom-tested combinatorics text, boasting 1200+ carefully designed problems, ten mini-projects, section warm-up problems, and chapter opening problems. The author – an award-winning teacher – writes in a conversational style, keeping the reader in mind on every page. Students will stay motivated through glimpses into current research trends and open problems as well as the history and global origins of the subject. All essential topics are covered, including Ramsey theory, enumerative combinatorics including Stirling numbers, partitions of integers, the inclusion-exclusion principle, generating functions, introductory graph theory, and partially ordered sets. Some significant results are presented as sets of guided problems, leading readers to discover them on their own. More than 140 problems have complete solutions and over 250 have hints in the back, making this book ideal for self-study. Ideal for a one semester upper undergraduate course, prerequisites include the calculus sequence and familiarity with proofs.
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ISBN-13: 9781108476546
ISBN-10: 1108476546
Pagini: 628
Dimensiuni: 194 x 253 x 31 mm
Greutate: 1.5 kg
Editura: Cambridge University Press
Colecția Cambridge University Press
Seria Cambridge Mathematical Textbooks

Locul publicării:New York, United States


Preface; Introduction; 1. Induction and Recurrence Relations; 2. The Pigeonhole Principle and Ramsey Theory; 3. Counting, Probability, Balls and Boxes; 4. Permutations and Combinations; 5. Binomial and Multinomial Coefficients; 6. Stirling Numbers; 7. Integer Partitions; 8. The Inclusion-Exclusion Principle; 9. Generating Functions; 10. Graph Theory; 11. Posets, Matchings, and Boolean Lattices; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.


'I would certainly accept this 'invitation.' The text covers essentially all of the basic combinatorial subjects in a both gentle and intense way. The extensive problems, examples, and 'projects,' especially the collaborative projects, exemplify current pedagogical research on effective teaching methods. I would expect it to remain as a reference on many shelves.' Bruce Rothschild, University of California, Los Angeles
'Shahriari's voice as an experienced classroom teacher shines through in this brilliantly crafted student-friendly text. Each mini-project provides a guided exploration of an interesting topic in combinatorics. These, together with the plethora of interesting exercises, help the student to build problem-solving muscle and to experience the joy of mathematical discovery.' Jamie Pommersheim, Reed College
'From well-chosen motivating problems in the introduction to deeper material near the book's conclusion, Shahriari invites students encountering combinatorics systematically for the first time to think, to build, and to play. His warm writing style and cross-cultural approach to core topics of the field are sure to engage readers from many backgrounds and levels of preparation.' Joshua Cooper, University of South Carolina
'This book is a mathematically rigorous introductory textbook on combinatorics. It contains an excellent range of problems and exercises that will help students practice and learn the material. It also lists open questions in combinatorics so students can see that the field continues to develop. The really special feature of this book is a lovely collection of mini-projects that let students explore a variety of topics and deepen their understanding.' David Auckly, Kansas State University
'I highly recommend this text. Among its most interesting, unusual, and valuable features, one finds a long list of collaborative mini-projects for students to work on in groups, together with other problems to work on individually; nice historical asides, including references to the work of non-Western mathematicians; and a very accessible conversational style. It fits well with discovery-style or problem-oriented courses on the subject.' William Monty McGovern, University of Washington
'One of the major attractions of this textbook is the writing style - it is designed to be very readable, as though the author were having a conversation with the reader. The result is a text which feels engaging - a quality which is sure to be of great benefit to undergraduate students.' Audie Warren, zbMATH

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A conversational introduction to combinatorics for upper undergraduates, emphasizing problem solving and active student participation.