What is discrete mathematics?

Prof. Bernhard Korte

The word 'discrete' in connection with mathematics often causes confusion. Here we will not only learn that the word 'discrete' in this context does not denote the opposite of 'indiscrete', but will also come to appreciate the importance of discrete mathematics as a basic science and in its applications. This will be underlined by a look at classic problems of mathematics and their solution by means of modern algorithms of discrete mathematics. In particular, we will discuss the decisive importance of discrete mathematics in the design of ultracomplex chips and microprocessors.