Four Colours Suffice

Four Colours Suffice : How the Map Problem Was Solved

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A book to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the solution to one of the world's most puzzling mathematical problems. The four-colour theorem states that every map in the world can be coloured with just four colours in such a way that neighbouring countries have different colours. One of the simplest problems to state, one of the hardest to solve, which took a century for mathematicians to prove. This book introduces the mathematicians behind the mathematics, among them a bishop, an astronomer, a botanist, an obsessive golfer and a bridegroom who spend his honeymoon colouring maps.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 199 x 22mm | 271g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • b&w illustrations
  • 014100908X
  • 9780141009087
  • 1,514,971

About Robin J. Wilson

Robin Wilson is Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at the Open University and Fellow of Keble College, Oxford.
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