Analysis Correspondence

(A Historical Perspective on Combinatorics)
Part of the Mathematics and Its Applications book series (MAIA, volume 335)


The origins of systematic combinatorial research can be found in the works of Blaise Pascal and Pierre de Ferrnat. Questions about Chevalier de Méré’s game led to the distinction between individual combinations and the calculation of favorable outcomes. Three chapters of Jakob Bernoulli’s book ‘Ars Conjectandi’ arc devoted to the first systematic exposition of combinatorial facts. The works of Bernoulli and Gottfried Leibniz helped to establish combinatorics as an independent subject. In particular, Leibniz was first to attempt a full understanding of combinatorics in his dissertation ‘Ars Combinatoria’, in which, apparently, the term ‘combinatorics’ originated.


Analysis Correspondence Binary Relation Combinatorial Analysis Topological Nature Euler Tour 
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