English | December 29, 2003 | ISBN: 0203490207 | Pages: 1192 | PDF | 9,2 MB
Graph theory has attracted mathematicians and scientists from diverse disciplines and, accordingly, is blessed (and cursed) with a proliferation of terminology and notations.
Since the Handbook objective is to survey topics for persons whose expertise is elsewhere, either on other topics or outside of graph theory, we asked our contributors to tilt toward the general usage in the mathematical community, rather than staying strictly within the idioms of their specialities. But to understand the graph theory literature, it helps to accept the legacy of history. As editors, we tried to strike a balance between preserving the notation and terminology that evolved from each area's rich history and our desire create a cohesive, uniform body of material.