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    Hello, I was thinking of buying a good combinatorics book. Does anyone know any good book? Also is "the backbone of pascal's triangle" by Martin Griffiths published by UKMT a good book.

    PS: I am an A Level student.

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    I honestly don't know, but I've been wanting to get out 'Additive Combinatorics' by Tao for a while now. I think it's graduate level though so don't get that. You're probably better off searching the net and finding undergraduate level texts that are really well explained, because I don't think any book will be aimed at someone in A-level. Maybe find lecturers' sites that recommend combinatorics textbooks and see which names keep coming up.

    I also know for a fact that a good grasp of probability and graph theory are required for any deep combinatorics. So you may want to find a book that deals with a fair bit. And another tip: don't get a book that has 'Graduate Texts in Mathematics' after the name! You really need to be an undergraduate in their 2nd/3rd year before even attempting these.

    I just looked at Oxford's graph theory/combinatorics course and good books for your level might be: D. West, Introduction to Graph Theory (second edition, Prentice–Hall, 2001), and N. Alon, The Probabilistic Method (second edition, Wiley, 2000). I just picked out the ones that don't seem to be graduate level, so make sure you have look elsewhere on the web too.
 
 
 
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