DIMACS: Series in Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science 1996; 198 pp; hardcover Volume: 24 ISBN10: 0821803247 ISBN13: 9780821803240 List Price: US$57 Member Price: US$45.60 Order Code: DIMACS/24
 This book is devoted to the lectures presented at the Sixth International Conference on Formal Power Series and Algebraic Combinatorics held at DIMACS in May 1994. The conference attracted approximately 180 graduate students and junior and senior researchers from all over the world. Generally speaking, algebraic combinatorics involves the use of techniques from algebra, algebraic topology, and algebraic geometry in solving combinatorial problems; or it involves using combinatorial methods to attack problems in these areas. Combinatorial problems amenable to algebraic methods can arise in these or other areas of mathematics, or in areas such as computer science, operations research, physics, chemistry, and, more recently, biology. Because of this interplay among many fields of mathematics and science, algebraic combinatorics is an area in which a wide variety of ideas and methods come together. The papers in this volume reflect the interesting aspects of this rich interaction. Copublished with the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science beginning with Volume 8. Volumes 17 were copublished with the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM). Readership Research mathematicians. Table of Contents  L. J. Billera and A. Sarangarajan  The combinatorics of permutation polytopes
 A. Björner  Nonpure shellability, \(f\)vectors, subspace arrangements and complexity
 R. Charney  Metric geometry: Connections with combinatorics
 M. Delest  Algebraic languages: a bridge between combinatorics and computer science
 P. Hanlon  A survey of combinatorial problems in Lie algebra homology
 D. M. Jackson  Algebraic and analytic approaches for the genus series for \(2\)cell embeddings on orientable and nonorientable surfaces
 S. Kerov  The boundary of Young lattice and random Young tableaux
 C. Reutenauer  A survey of noncommutative rational series
 S. Sundaram  Plethysm, partitions with an even number of blocks and Euler numbers
