By Günther Ruhe

FEt moi, . . . . sifavait sucommenten rcvenir, One provider arithmetic has rendered the jen'yseraispointall: human race. It hasput rommon senseback JulesVerne whereit belongs, at the topmost shelf subsequent tothedustycanisterlabelled'discardednon Theseriesis divergent; thereforewemaybe sense'. ahletodosomethingwithit. EricT. Bell O. Heaviside Mathematicsisatoolforthought. Ahighlynecessarytoolinaworldwherebothfeedbackandnon linearitiesabound. equally, allkindsofpartsofmathematicsserveastoolsforotherpartsandfor othersciences. Applyinga simplerewritingrule to thequoteon theright aboveonefinds suchstatementsas: 'One carrier topology hasrenderedmathematicalphysics . . . '; 'Oneservicelogichasrenderedcom puterscience . . . ';'Oneservicecategorytheoryhasrenderedmathematics . . . '. Allarguablytrue. And allstatementsobtainablethiswayformpartoftheraisond'etreofthisseries. This sequence, arithmetic and Its purposes, began in 1977. Now that over 100 volumeshaveappeareditseemsopportunetoreexamineitsscope. AtthetimeIwrote "Growing specialization and diversification have introduced a bunch of monographs and textbooks on more and more really good themes. in spite of the fact that, the 'tree' of data of arithmetic and similar fields doesn't develop basically by means of puttingforth new branches. It additionally occurs, quiteoften in reality, that branches which have been proposal to becompletely disparatearesuddenly seento berelated. additional, thekindandlevelofsophistication of arithmetic utilized in a variety of sciences has replaced vastly in recent times: degree conception is used (non-trivially)in regionaland theoretical economics; algebraic geometryinteractswithphysics; theMinkowskylemma, codingtheoryandthestructure of water meet each other in packing and overlaying concept; quantum fields, crystal defectsand mathematicalprogrammingprofit from homotopy idea; Liealgebras are relevanttofiltering; andpredictionandelectricalengineeringcanuseSteinspaces. and also to this there are such new rising subdisciplines as 'experimental mathematics', 'CFD', 'completelyintegrablesystems', 'chaos, synergeticsandlarge-scale order', whicharealmostimpossibletofitintotheexistingclassificationschemes. They drawuponwidelydifferentsectionsofmathematics. " by way of andlarge, all this stillapplies at the present time. Itis nonetheless truethatatfirst sightmathematicsseemsrather fragmented and that to discover, see, and take advantage of the deeper underlying interrelations extra attempt is neededandsoarebooks thatcanhelp mathematiciansand scientistsdoso. hence MIA will continuetotry tomakesuchbooksavailable. If something, the outline I gave in 1977 is now an irony.

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The best known (polynomial-time) algorithms and their complexity are summarized. For the solution of the shortest path and the maximum flow problems -both occurring as subroutines- the complexity bounds Oem + n'log n) of Fredman & Tarjan (1984) respectively 0(m'n'10g(n 2 jm» of Goldberg & Tarjan (1987) using the very sophisticated data structure of dynamic trees are used. 1. History of polynomial algorithms for KCF Edmonds & Karp (1972) o«m + n'log n)m'log U) Rock (1980) O«m + n'log n)m'log U) o«n·m 10g(n 2 jm»n'10g C) 0(m 4 ) Rock (1980) Tardos (1985) Orlin (1984) 0(m 2 .

CH~R2 For sUbgraphs G1 and G3 there are two basic solutions in both cases. The first one is the zero flow. The remaining solutions result from a circulation of two respectively one unit along the cycle given by the vertices 1,3,4 and 7,10,11. There are necessary some further remarks concerning the practical realization of the described decomposition method: (i) (ii) (iii) The efficiency of the approach depends on the degree of the decomposition of G into subgraphs Gk' In the worst case there is an exponential dependence between # (Cmin) and n (Picard & Queyranne 1980).

To formulate the dual problem MCF d we associate dual variables p(i) for all vertices i € V in correspondence to the flow conservation rule. Additionally, dual variables y(i,j) are introduced in relation to the capacity constraints for all (i,j) € A. MCF d : max (bTp - capTy p(j) - p(i) - y(i,j) $ c(i,j) y(i,j) ~ 0 for all (i,j) € A for all (i,j) € A). The dual vector p in MCF d is called potential or price vector. Given any price vector p we consider the corresponding tension vector t defined by t(i,j) := p(j) - p(i) for all (i,j) € A.