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Genre/Form: | History literature |
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Material Type: | Internet resource |

Document Type: | Book, Internet Resource |

All Authors / Contributors: |
Robin J Wilson |

ISBN: | 0691115338 9780691115337 0691120234 9780691120232 |

OCLC Number: | 51730619 |

Notes: | Originally published 2002 by Penguin Group, London. |

Description: | xii, 262 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 21 cm |

Contents: | The four-colour problem -- The problem is posed -- Euler's famous formula -- Cayley revives the problem ... -- ... And Kempe solves it -- A chapter of accidents -- A bombshell from Durham -- Crossing the Atlantic -- A new dawn breaks -- Success! -- ... but is it a proof? |

Other Titles: | Four colours suffice |

Responsibility: | Robin Wilson. |

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"Wilson's lucid history weaves together lively anecdotes, biographical sketches, and a non-technical account of the mathematics."--Science "An attractive and well-written account of the solution of the Four Color Problem... It tells in simple terms an exciting story. It ... give[s] the reader a view into the world of mathematicians, their ideas and methods, discussions, competitions, and ways of collaboration. As such it is warmly recommended."--Bjarne Toft, Notices of the American Mathematical Society "A thoroughly accessible history of attempts to prove the four-color theorem. Wilson defines the problem and explains some of the methods used by those trying to solve it. His descriptions of the contributions made by dozens of dedicated, and often eccentric, mathematicians give a fascinating insight into how mathematics moves forward, and how approaches have changed over the past 50 years... It's comforting to know that however indispensable computers become, there will always be a place for the delightfully eccentric mathematical mind. Let's hope that Robin Wilson continues to write about them."--Elizabeth Sourbut, New Scientist "Recreational mathematicians will find Wilson's history of the conjecture an approachable mix of its technical and human aspects... Wilson explains all with exemplary clarity and an accent on the eccentricities of the characters."--Booklist "Robin Wilson appeals to the mathematical novice with an unassuming lucidity. It's thrilling to see great mathematicians fall for seductively simple proofs, then stumble on equally simple counter-examples. Or swallow their pride."--Jascha Hoffman, The Boston Globe "Wilson gives a clear account of the proof ... enlivened by historical tales."--Alastair Rae, Physics World "Earlier books ... relate some of the relevant history in their introductions, but they are primarily technical. In contrast, Four Colors Suffice is a blend of history anecdotes and mathematics. Mathematical arguments are presented in a clear, colloquial style, which flows gracefully."--Daniel S. Silver, American Scientist "Wilson provides a lively narrative and good, easy-to-read arguments showing not only some of the victories but the defeats as well... Even those with only a mild interest in coloring problems or graphs or topology will have fun reading this book... [It is] entertaining, erudite and loaded with anecdotes."--G.L. Alexanderson, MAA Online Read more...

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