Publication year: 2007
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This book leads the reader in a leisurely way from the basic notions to a variety of topics, ranging from algebra to statistical physics. Its aim is to introduce the student to a fascinating field, and to be a source of information for the professional mathematician who wants to learn more about the subject.
Subject: Mathematics and Statistics, Algebra, Pólya theory, combinatorial coefficients, generating functions, graph and knot polynomials, hypergeometric summation, orthogonal polynomials, sieve methods, statisical physics, statistical physics, symmetric functions