The development of graph theory is very similar the development of probability theory, where much of the original work was motivated by efforts to understand games of chance. The large portions of graph theory have been motivated by the study of games and recreational mathematics. Generally speaking, we use graphs in two situations. Firstly, since a graph is a very convenient and natural way of representing the relationships between objects we represent objects by vertices and the relationship between them by lines. In many situations (problems) such a pictorial representation may be all that is needed. Example of such applications are chemical molecule and map coloring as shown in the diagrams below. Other examples are signal-flow graphs, Konigsberg bridges, tracing maze etc.

Secondly, we take the graph as mathematical model, solve the appropriate graph-theoretic problem, and then interpret the solution in terms of the original problem. This modeling procedure can be illustrate as follows:

Diagram

Most problems in graph theory can be described under the following headings:

- Existence Problems
- Does there exist . . . ?
- Is it possible to . . . ?

- Construction Problems
- If . . . exists, how can we construct it?

- Enumeration Problems
- How many . . . are there, and can we list them all?

- Optimization Problems?
- If there are several . . . which one is the best?

For example, we may consider the following questions in investigating the Konigsberg bridges problem.

- Does there exist a closed trail crossing each of the seven bridges exactly once? (existence problem).
- If such a trail exists, how can we construct one? (constructive problem).
- How many closed trails are there, and can we list them? (enumerate problem).
- Which close trails involve shortest path. (Optimization problems).

**Existence Problems**

Many of the existence problems in graph theory arose a recreational puzzles.

- The Konigsberg Problem
- Does there exist a closed trail crossing each of the seven bridges exactly once?

- The Knight's-Tour Problem
- Does there exists a sequence of knight's moves visiting each square of a chessboard exactly once and returning to the starting position?

- The Four-Color Problem
- Does exist a map which require four colors to color it, so that neighboring countries are differently colored?

- The Utilities Problem
- Does there exist a way of connecting the three neighbors to the three utilities in such a way that no two connections cross?

- The Queen's Problem
- Does there exist an arrangement of five queens on a chessboard so that every non-occupied square is attached?

**Construction Problems**

**Eulerian Type Problem**- A test for determining whether a given graph is Eulerian (Fleury's algorithm ).
- A problem of getting out of a maze (Tarry's algorithm).
- The spanning tree Problem (Kruskal's and Prim's algorithms).

**Planarity type problems**i.e., problems deal with planarity of graphs.- The best way of determining whether a given graph is planar: (Planarity algorithm).
- The problem of finding the chromatic number of a given graph: (chromatic Polynomials).

**Enumeration Problems**- Labeled graphs.
- Labeled Digraphs.
- Labeled Trees.

**Optimization Problems**- The problem of finding the shortest path between two vertices in a weighted digraph (The shortest path problem).
- The problem of obtaining the longest path between two vertices in a weighted digraph (The scheduling algorithm)
- The problem of finding a minimum weight spanning tree in a given connected graph. (The minimum connector problem).
- The traveling salesman problem.

**History of Graph Theory**

The origin of graph theory can be traced back to Euler's work on the Konigsberg bridges problem (1735), which subsequently led to the concept of an Eulerian graph. The study of cycles on polyhedra by the Thomas P. Kirkman (1806 - 95) and William R. Hamilton (1805-65) led to the concept of a Hamiltonian graph.

The concept of a tree, a connected graph without cycles, appeared implicitly in the work of Gustav Kirchhoff (1824-87), who employed graph-theoretical ideas in the calculation of currents in electrical networks or circuits. Later, Arthur Cayley (1821-95), James J. Sylvester(1806-97), George Polya(1887-1985), and others use 'tree' to enumerate chemical molecules.

The study of planar graphs originated in two recreational problems involving
the complete graph K_{5} and the complete bipartite graph K_{3,3}.
These graphs proved to be planarity, as was subsequently demonstrated by
Kuratowski. First problem was presented by A. F. Mobius around the year 1840 as follows

Once upon a time, there was a king with five sons.

In his will he stated that after his death the sons

should divide the kingdom into five provinces so

that the boundary of each province should have

a frontiers line in common with each of the other

four provinces.Here the problem is whether one can draw five mutually neighboring regions in the plane.

The king further stated that all five brothers should

join the provincial capital by roads so that no two

roads intersect.Here the problem is that deciding whether the graph K

_{5}is planar.

The origin of second problem is unknown but it is first mentioned by H. Dudeney in 1913 in its present form.

The puzzle is to lay a water, gas, and electricity

to each of the three houses without any pipe

crossing another.This problem is that of deciding whether the graph K

_{3,3 }is planar.

The celebrated four-color problem was first posed by Francis Guthrie in 1852. and a celebrated incorrect "proof" by appeared in 1879 by Alfred B. Kempe. It was proved by Kenneth Appel and Wolfgang Haken in 1976 and a simpler and more systematic proof was produced by Neil Roberton, Daniel Sanders, Paul Seymour, and Robin Thomas in 1994.

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