By David Jackson, Terry I. Visentin

Maps are beguilingly easy constructions with deep and ubiquitous houses. They come up in a vital method in lots of components of arithmetic and mathematical physics, yet require huge time and computational attempt to generate. Few amassed drawings can be found for reference, and little has been written, in e-book shape, approximately their enumerative elements. An Atlas of the Smaller Maps in Orientable and Nonorientable Surfaces is the 1st booklet to supply entire collections of maps besides their vertex and face walls, variety of rootings, and an index quantity for go referencing. It offers a proof of axiomatization and encoding, and serves as an creation to maps as a combinatorial constitution. The Atlas lists the maps first by means of genus and variety of edges, and provides the embeddings of all graphs with at such a lot 5 edges in orientable surfaces, therefore proposing the genus distribution for every graph. Exemplifying using the Atlas, the authors discover titanic conjectures with origins in mathematical physics and geometry: the Quadrangulation Conjecture and the b-Conjecture.The authors' transparent, readable exposition and review of enumerative conception makes this assortment available even to execs who're no longer experts. For researchers and scholars operating with maps, the Atlas offers a prepared resource of knowledge for trying out conjectures and exploring the algorithmic and algebraic houses of maps.

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1. A bijection for the sphere: the medial construction For u = 0, the surface is the sphere and the relation reduces to Q(0, x, y, z) = A(0, x, x, z 2 y). There is a well known bijection, called the medial construction that accounts for this relationship. The medial of a map m is constructed as follows. Let V denote the vertex set of m. A new vertex is put into each face of m, and let V denote this set of vertices. For each face of m, the vertices encountered in a tour of a face of m are joined to the vertex of V which is in the face.

Among the maps on orientable surfaces, with the same vertex partition and the same face partition but with different numbers of rootings, that then have the fewest edges, these maps have the fewest vertices. This can be ascertained by inspecting the maps of the Atlas serially from genus 0. The vertex and face partitions are [612 ], and the maps are self-dual, and have 4 edges and 3 vertices. From Chapter 8, they are embeddings of the same graph g25 in the sphere. The first such example for nonorientable surfaces occurs for 3 edges and 1 vertex.

54 4. 2 Background The functional relationship between the genus series for rooted quadrangulations and all rooted maps induces a relationship between these classes of maps with monovalent and bivalent vertices removed. This in turn implies a relationship between the partition functions of the φ4 -model and the Penner model in 2-dimensional quantum gravity, after an appropriate limit is taken. The same formalism arises in the approach of ’t Hooft to quantum chromodynamics. The partition function can be shown to be given by counting rooted maps in orientable surfaces.