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by Gian-Carlo Rota the topics of arithmetic, just like the topics of mankind, have finite lifespans, which the historian will checklist as he freezes heritage at one fast of time. There are the previous topics, loaded with differences and honors. As their difficulties are solved away and the purposes reaped through engineers and different moneymen, ponderous treatises assemble airborne dirt and dust in library basements, anticipating the day whilst a iteration as but unborn will rediscover the misplaced paradise in awe. Then there are the middle-aged matters. you could inform which they're through roaming the halls of Ivy League universities or the Institute for complicated reports. Their excessive monks haughtily refuse really good deals from keen provin cial universities whereas receiving designated permission from the President of France to lecture in English on the collage de France. Little do they comprehend that the burden of technicalities is already severe, approximately to crack and submerge their theorems within the dirt of oblivion that after enveloped the dinosaurs. eventually, there are the younger subjects-combinatorics, for example. Wild eyed members gingerly select from a mountain of intractable difficulties, chil dishly babbling the 1st phrases of what is going to quickly be a brand new language. baby hood will finish with the 1st Seminaire Bourbaki. it can be very unlikely to discover a extra becoming instance than matroid conception of a topic now in its infancy. The telltale symptoms, for an unfailing prognosis, are the abundance of deep theorems, going including a paucity of theories.

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Math. 137 (1910), 167-309; reprinted as a book, R. Baer and H. , de Gruyter, Berlin, 1930. This is perhaps the earliest paper in which the ideas of matroid theory appear in a recognizable form. These ideas occur in §22 on the transcendental extensions of fields. There, the fundamental properties of algebraic dependence are isolated and elementary theorems (such as the fact that two maximal algebraically independent sets have the same cardinality) are proved using just those properties. 1930 C. KuRATOWSKI, Surles problemes des courbes gauches en Topologie, Fundamenta Math.

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82(1976), 1-40. MAEDA, F. : Theory of symmetric lattices, Springer-Verlag, New York-Berlin, 1970. : On the symmetry of the modular relation in atomic lattices, J. Sci. Hiroshima Univ. Ser. A-1 29(1965), 165-170. : Matroids as the study of geometrical configurations, Higher Combinatorics (M. ), pp. 133-176, Reidel, Dordrecht, 1977. : Glueing matroids together: a study of Dilworth truncations and matroid analogues of exterior and symmetric powers, Algebraic Methods in Graph Theory (Proc. Conf, Szeged, 1978), pp.