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Modern Graph Theory (Graduate Texts in Mathematics) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2013/10/4
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"...This book is likely to become a classic, and it deserves to be on the shelf of everyone working in graph theory or even remotely related areas, from graduate student to active researcher."--MATHEMATICAL REVIEWS
An in-depth account of graph theory, written for serious students of mathematics and computer science. It reflects the current state of the subject and emphasises connections with other branches of pure mathematics. Recognising that graph theory is one of several courses competing for the attention of a student, the book contains extensive descriptive passages designed to convey the flavour of the subject and to arouse interest. In addition to a modern treatment of the classical areas of graph theory, the book presents a detailed account of newer topics, including Szemerédis Regularity Lemma and its use, Shelahs extension of the Hales-Jewett Theorem, the precise nature of the phase transition in a random graph process, the connection between electrical networks and random walks on graphs, and the Tutte polynomial and its cousins in knot theory. Moreover, the book contains over 600 well thought-out exercises: although some are straightforward, most are substantial, and some will stretch even the most able reader.
My only complaint, at the cost of perhaps half a star, is that his discussions and proofs often seem difficult to follow, as he will state something that to him seems quite obvious, yet to this reader often seemed a bit subtle, and would hence slow down the reading. Indeed, if these off-handed remarks were included as exercises at the end of each chapter, then the number of excercises would have swelled from the current 600 to well over one thousand ! Speaking of which, these 600+ exercises, although also representing another blessing of this book in that they add another degree of depth, tend to lack "starter" exercises, and go straight to the theory. But this is to be expected from a graduate text.
Finally, for the reader whose research significantly intersects with graph theory, but may not be ready or willing to be initiated by Bollabas into the world of graph theory, I would recommend Dietsel's graduate text on the subject. His book covers similar topics, but may be more clearly and transparently, but with less depth and insight.
The author's clarity of writing comes out particularly well in the later chapters. In particular, my favourite parts are the discussion of algebraic graph theory, and the discussion of the Tutte polynomial and connections with knot theory. There is also some beautiful use of linear algebra in various parts of the book; some rather strange and difficult results are presented very clearly.
I think this book would be a great purchase for anyone wanting to engage in some self-study in graph theory, or anyone wanting a good reference on graph theory, or anyone wanting to work some hard problems (or easy problems) in graph theory, or someone choosing a textbook for a graph theory course...or...in short, anyone who wants anything to do with graph theory at all.
The only distraction are the enormous number of typographical errors: I counted over 60, and this in a third corrected printing!?!