By Peter M Higgins

What do street and railway platforms, electric circuits, mingling at events, mazes, relatives bushes, and the net all have in common?

All are networks - both humans or locations or issues that relate and fix to each other. basically fairly lately have mathematicians started to discover such networks and connections, and their significance has taken all people unexpectedly.

The arithmetic of networks shape the root of many desirable puzzles and difficulties, from tic-tac-toe and round sudoku to the 'Chinese Postman challenge' (can he carry all his letters with no traversing an identical road twice?). Peter Higgins exhibits how such puzzles in addition to many real-world phenomena are underpinned via a similar deep mathematical constitution. realizing mathematical networks may give us extraordinary new insights into all of them.

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