Graphs, Colourings and the Four-colour Theorem by Robert A. Wilson
Look inside with Google Book Preview
Graphs, Colourings and the Four-colour Theorem
By Robert A. Wilson

Graphs, Colourings and the Four-colour Theorem

By (author) See other recent books by Robert A. Wilson
Format: Hardback

Normal Price: $165.95
Your Price: $149.36 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $16.60! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $7.47 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available Available to Backorder, No Due Date for Supply, Not for Xmas



Graphs, Colourings and the Four-colour Theorem by Robert A. Wilson

Book Description

The four-colour theorem is one of the famous problems of mathematics, that frustrated generations of mathematicians from its birth in 1852 to its solution (using substantial assistance from electronic computers) in 1976. The theorem asks whether four colours are sufficient to colour all conceivable maps, in such a way that countries with a common border are coloured with different colours. The book discusses various attempts to solve this problem, and some of the mathematics which developed out of these attempts. Much of this mathematics has developed a life of its own, and forms a fascinating part of the subject now known as graph theory. The book is designed to be self-contained, and develops all the graph-theoretical tools needed as it goes along. It includes all the elementary graph theory that should be included in an introduction to the subject, before concentrating on specific topics relevant to the four-colour problem. Part I covers basic graph theory, Euler's polyhedral formula, and the first published false 'proof' of the four-colour theorem. Part II ranges widely through related topics, including map-colouring on surfaces with holes, the famous theorems of Kuratowski, Vizing, and Brooks, the conjectures of Hadwiger and Hajos, and much more besides. In Part III we return to the four-colour theorem, and study in detail the methods which finally cracked the problem.

Buy Graphs, Colourings and the Four-colour Theorem book by Robert A. Wilson from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.


Book Details

ISBN: 9780198510611
ISBN-10: 0198510616
Format: Hardback
(241mm x 161mm x 13mm)
Pages: 150
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 24-Jan-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions...


Books By Author Robert A. Wilson

Genes and the Agents of Life by Robert A. Wilson Genes and the Agents of Life, Paperback (September 2004)

This book undertakes to rethink the place of the individual in the biological sciences.

Boundaries of the Mind by Robert A. Wilson Boundaries of the Mind, Hardback (July 2004)

This 2004 book provides the foundations for the view that the mind extends beyond the boundary of the individual.

Graphs, Colourings and the Four-colour Theorem by Robert A. Wilson Graphs, Colourings and the Four-colour Theorem, Paperback (January 2002)

This textbook for mathematics undergraduates, graduates and researchers discusses the proof of the four-colour theorem - one of the most famous of the long-standing mathematical problems solved in the 20th century.

MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences (MITECS) by Robert A. Wilson MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences (MITECS), Paperback (October 2001)

A landmark, comprehensive reference work that represents the methodological and theoretical diversity of this changing field.

» View all books by Robert A. Wilson

Reviews

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Graphs, Colourings and the Four-colour Theorem book by Robert A. Wilson and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review


Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by Robert A. Wilson close
Genes and the Agents of Life by Robert A. Wilson
Boundaries of the Mind by Robert A. Wilson
Boundaries of the Mind by Robert A. Wilson
Graphs, Colourings and the Four-colour Theorem by Robert A. Wilson
MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences (MITECS) by Robert A. Wilson
Explanation and Cognition by Robert A. Wilson
»
BoomerangBooks.com.au close