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The Four-Color Problem: Assaults and Conquest


Publisher:Dover Publications



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Paperback book. Approximately 5.5 x 8 sized book. A total of 217 pages. 1986, Dover Edition, first published in 1986, is an unbridged corrected republication of the work originally published by the McGraw-Hill International Book Company, NY, 1977, USA. The spine is tight, pages are clean and easy to read. Dover Publications, Inc. , NY. The boards show normal shelf wear. Bottom front board has a crease or fine line and bottom corner is worn or rubbed slightly. There is a tiny, very small, light brown stain about midway at the bottom of the book that is barely noticeable on the page edges, however does not bleed into the pages. A couple of minor finger line small creases on the back board where the previous owner held the book and read it. A good price for this book by Thomas L. Saaty and Paul C. Kainen. The following is taken from the prefix of this book: "We believe that mathematicians get more excitement by doing the entire job of proving the existence of solutions and then constructing them by themselves than they do by relying on the computer as a substantial partner in the undertaking. Still, ambitious experts in artificial intelligence are telling us that it will not be long before computers will be doing all that we do, better and faster." It continues: " We hope this book will continue to evoke interest in the four color problem, in its computer aided solution, and perhaps in finding an alternative way to prove it. By the way, a natural follow up would be a four color algorithm." A very interesting book and affordably priced.

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