By Béla Bollobás

Combinatorics is a publication whose major subject matter is the learn of subsets of a finite set. It provides an intensive grounding within the theories of set structures and hypergraphs, whereas supplying an creation to matroids, designs, combinatorial chance and Ramsey concept for endless units. The gemstones of the speculation are emphasised: appealing effects with dependent proofs. The booklet built from a direction at Louisiana country collage and combines a cautious presentation with the casual kind of these lectures. it may be a great textual content for senior undergraduates and starting graduates.

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LINEAR SPACES WITH CONSTANT POINT DEGREE Let A be a finite set of nonnegative integers. We say that the linear space S is A-semiaffine, if r -k < A for every non-incident point-line pair (p,L) of S . TRe kinear space S is called A-affins, if it is A-semiaffine, but not A‘-semiaffine for every proper subset A ’ of A. Throughout this section, S will denote an A-affine linear space in which every point has degree n+l. Because the lO)-affine linear I 0 1 throughspaces are the projective planes, we will assume A out.

Since b = kL*n + I I I 1 , we have I I I l = n+l+z. Since t 5 n we have 5 v = 1 + t(c-1) + (n+l)(n-c) (n+l+z)(n+l-c= = I~~l(n+l-c) -< n2+l-c. Now we claim z 5 c-2. (Otherwise, we would have (n+c)(n+l-c) 5 n’+l-c,. so n 5 c2-2c+l = (c-l)2I contradicting ( * ) . I NOW (1) and (2) follow immediately from ( * ) . Hence S is embeddable in a projective plane P of order n. In particular, b 5 n2+n+l. Let L and n be as above. We distinguish two cases. II. C a s e 1 . All long lines are contained in Then t 5 1 and s o t = 1.

Journ. Geom. 8 (1976), 61-73. [ l o ] H. Schaeffer, Das von Staudtsche Theorem in der Geometrie der Algebren. J. reine angew. Math. 267 (1974), 133-142. V. (North-Holland) ON n-FOLD 31 B L O C K I N G SETS Albrecht Beutelspacher and Franco Eugeni Fachbereich Mathematik der Universitat Mainz F e d e r a l R e p u b l i c o f Germany I s t i t u t o Matematica Applicata Facolta' Ingegneria L'Aquila , I t a l i a An n - f o l d b l o c k i n g s e t i s a s e t o f n - d i s j o i n t b l o c k i n g s e t s .