The Mathematical Coloring Book: Mathematics of Coloring and the Colorful Life of its Creators (Hardback)
  • The Mathematical Coloring Book: Mathematics of Coloring and the Colorful Life of its Creators (Hardback)

The Mathematical Coloring Book: Mathematics of Coloring and the Colorful Life of its Creators (Hardback)

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Hardback 607 Pages / Published: 11/11/2008
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This book provides an exciting history of the discovery of Ramsey Theory, and contains new research along with rare photographs of the mathematicians who developed this theory, including Paul Erdoes, B.L. van der Waerden, and Henry Baudet.

Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
ISBN: 9780387746401
Number of pages: 607
Weight: 1118 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 34 mm
Edition: 2009 ed.


From the reviews:

"It contains a range of combinatorial colouring problems, while those interested in the recent history or the sociology of mathematics will be entertained by lively accounts of the combinatorialists who created and worked on them. ... The book is generally well written and presented, with good diagrams and layout ... . a useful and engaging book." (Robin Wilson, LMS Newsletter, November, 2009)

"This book contains much math of interest and pointers to more math of interest. ... This is a Fantastic Book!. ... The upward closure of the union of the following people: (1) an excellent high school student, (2) a very good college math major, (3) a good grad student in math or math-related field, (4) a fair PhD in combinatories, or (5) a bad math professor. ... Anyone who is interested in math or history of math. This book has plenty of both." (William Gasarch, SIGACT News, Vol. 40 (3), 2010)

"Soifer does a fine job in collating a huge range of sources ... with many interesting nuggets and, where necessary, a real determination to set the historical record straight in terms of the appellation of conjectures and theorems. ... The mathematical colouring book is attractively produced and very readable. ... book is likely to be of primary interest to those seeking a historically aware, up-to-date introductory survey of an engaging, and still emerging, field of combinatorial mathematics." (Nick Lord, The Mathematical Gazette, Vol. 95 (532), March, 2011)

"This very nicely presented book, lovingly prepared by the author over a period of 18 years, studies problems involving colored objects, and the Ramsey theory that such problems are imbedded into. ... recommend this book, both for mathematicians and for those who wish to learn more about mathematicians and their subject." (Arthur T. White, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1221, 2011)

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