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ISBN: 0691120234 / ISBN-13: 9780691120232

Four Colors Suffice: How the Map Problem Was Solved

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First published: London: Allen Lane, 2002, under title Four colours suffice.

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  • Four Colors Suffice: How the Map Problem Was Solved (Princeton University Press) – Trade paperback (2004)
    by Robin J Wilson

    Four Colors Suffice: How the Map Problem Was Solved

    Trade paperback, Princeton University Press
    2004
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    280 pages

    ISBN: 0691120234
    ISBN-13: 9780691120232

    On October 23, 1852, Professor Augustus De Morgan wrote a letter to a colleague, unaware that he was launching one of the most famous mathematical conundrums in history - one that would confound thousands of puzzlers for more than a century. This is the amazing story of how the "map problem" was solved. The problem posed in the letter came from a former student: What is the least possible number of colors needed to fill in any map (real or invented) so that neighboring counties are always colored differently? This ... Show more

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