Matroids: The Value of Abstraction
4. The development of a theory of matroids
Quick to develop the idea and related areas were Saunders Mac Lane (1909-) and Garrett Birkhoff (1911-1996), whose names are also linked for being the authors of an influential book on modern algebra for undergraduates.
Others who have made significant contributions (in a variety of ways) to the theory of matroids (in the broad sense) are Henry Crapo, Jack Edmunds, Gian-Carlo Rota, Neal Robertson (Ohio State University), and Paul Seymour (Princeton University). Rota (1932-1999), who spent much of his career at MIT, was never happy with the term matroids. He preferred the term combinatorial geometry because it pointed towards connections with geometric configurations in a non-metric environment.
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