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Combinatorics: Ancient and Modern

Robin Wilson and John J. Watkins


The history of mathematics is a well-studied and vibrant area of research, with books and scholarly articles published on various aspects of the subject. Yet, the history of combinatorics seems to have been largely overlooked. This book goes some way to redress this and serves two main purposes: it constitutes the first book-length survey of the history of combinatorics, and it assembles, for the first time in a single source, researches on the history of combinatorics that would otherwise be inaccessible to the general reader. Individual chapters have been contributed by sixteen experts. The ... More

Keywords: history of mathematics, combinatorics, Indian combinatorics, Chinese combinatorics, arithmetical triangle, partitions, polyhedra, latin squares, Euler, combinatorial set theory, enumeration, graph theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199656592
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656592.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robin Wilson, editor
Emeritus Professor of Pure Mathematics, The Open University, UK and Lecturer in Mathematics, Pembroke College, Oxford University

John J. Watkins, editor
Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, Colorado College

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