The Mathematics of Chip-Firing

1st Edition

Caroline J. Klivans

Chapman and Hall/CRC
Published November 21, 2018
Reference - 296 Pages - 115 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138634091 - CAT# K32118
Series: Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications

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The Mathematics of Chip-firing is a solid introduction and overview of the growing field of chip-firing. It offers an appreciation for the richness and diversity of the subject. Chip-firing refers to a discrete dynamical system — a commodity is exchanged between sites of a network according to very simple local rules. Although governed by local rules, the long-term global behavior of the system reveals fascinating properties.

The Fundamental properties of chip-firing are covered from a variety of perspectives. This gives the reader both a broad context of the field and concrete entry points from different backgrounds.

Broken into two sections, the first examines the fundamentals of chip-firing, while the second half presents more general frameworks for chip-firing. Instructors and students will discover that this book provides a comprehensive background to approaching original sources.


  • Provides a broad introduction for researchers interested in the subject of chip-firing
  • The text includes historical and current perspectives
  • Exercises included at the end of each chapter

About the Author:

Caroline J. Klivans received a BA degree in mathematics from Cornell University and a PhD in applied mathematics from MIT. Currently, she is an Associate Professor in the Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown University. She is also an Associate Director of ICERM (Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics). Before coming to Brown she held positions at MSRI, Cornell and the University of Chicago. Her research is in algebraic, geometric and topological combinatorics.


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