Quick on the draw

ISBN9782553016264 EditeurPresses internationales Polytechnique pages208 Parution2012-06-07
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A theft and a hold-up, an impostor trying to collect an inheritance, the disappearance of a lab mouse worth several hundred thousand dollars, and a number of other cases : these are the investigations led by Maurice Manori, a police inspector known for being quick on the draw. He owes his reputation to his highly effective (but very unconventional ) methods. His secret weapon ? Graph theory. In search of the truth, Inspector Manori draws graphs that will introduce you to the ins and outs of a mathematical discipline with countless handy applications.
This novel provides the layperson with an excellent breakdown of a science that's not very well known, using it to model a wide range of everyday situations. Thanks to its fun approach, it's great for both Sudoku and logic puzzle lovers and for math and science students and teachers.
Bad guys take note : Manori is watching, and he's quick on the draw !

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This novel provides the layperson with an excellent breakdown of a science that's not very well known, using it to model a wide range of everyday situations. Thanks to its fun approach, it's great for both Sudoku and logic puzzle lovers and for math and science students and teachers.
Alain Hertz has a lot in common with Inspector Manori. He studiedin Switzerland, he lives in Montreal, and above all, he's been immersedin graphs for some 25 years. He holds a doctoratein science from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. An internationally renowned researcher, he has more than 150 publications to his credit, most of them dealing with graph theory. He applies the science mainly to the fields of schedule-building and logistics system optimization. After conducting research in Jerusalem and Lausanne, he moved to Montreal in 2001, where he is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal. His mission is to convey his passion for graphs by promoting them all over the world, especially by making them interesting and accessible to everyone.
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« Les applications de la théorie des graphes sont nombreuses et dans les domaines les plus variés : transport, logistique, réseaux de télécommunication et informatiques, gestion de production, etc.
Et même là où on ne s'y attendrait pas! Car nous ne résistons pas à l'envie de conseiller au lecteur un moment de délassement, avec la lecture divertissante et stimulante du livre L'Agrapheur : Intrigues policières à saveur mathématique (Presses internationales Polytechnique, Université de Montréal). Notre collègue Alain Hertz y décrit avec saveur comment un inspecteur de police résout onze enquêtes policières à l'aide...de la théorie des graphes, outil redoutable pour "agrafer" les coupables d'affaires criminelles. »

Jacques Teghem, Recherche opérationnelle, Tome 1 : Méthodes d'optimisation, Éditions Ellipses, 2012