"If you have been wondering what 'graph theory' is all about, but have been afraid to ask, this is the book you have been waiting for"
-Journal of Recreational Mathematics.
This delightfully written introduction to graph theory offers a stimulating excursion into pure mathematics. It is aimed at those whom the author calls "the mathematically traumatized," but it is a treasury of challenging fun for mathematical hobbyists and serious mathematicians as well.
In a highly engaging nontechnical style, the author leads the reader from simple graphs through planar graphs, Euler's formula, Platonic graphs, coloring, the genus of a graph, Euler walks and Hamilton walks. He concludes with a discussion of The Seven Bridges of K6nigsberg, with which Euler opened up the field of graph theory.
Richard J. Trudeau, who is Professor of Mathematics at Stonehill College, Easton, Massachusetts, incorporates fascinating historical discussions throughout the text, and concludes each chapter with exercises of varying levels of difficulty. In a brief Afterword, he analyzes the Appel-Haken proof of the four-color conjecture.
"The topics are so well motivated, the exposition so lucid and delightful, that the book's appeal should be virtually universal. Every library should have several copies".
"This book can be the basis for a pleasant semester for students and professors. . . . Instructors of courses for non-mathematics majors will find the book especially interesting".
"Intended for the reader with no more than high school algebra ... this nontechnical introduction to graph theory is a must for every library".
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