Lattice paths and determinants

  • Martin Aigner
  • Günter M. Ziegler


The essence of mathematics is proving theorems — and so, that is what mathematicians do: they prove theorems. But to tell the truth, what they really want to prove, once in their lifetime, is a Lemma, like the one by Fatou in analysis, the Lemma of Gauss in number theory, or the Burnside-Frobenius Lemma in combinatorics.




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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Aigner
    • 1
  • Günter M. Ziegler
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Mathematik II (WE2)Freie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Institut für Mathematik, MA 6-2Technische Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

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