APRIL 3, 2015

Speaker: Dan Cranston, Virginia Commonwealth University

Title: Planar graphs are 9/2-colorable and have big independent sets

Abstract: For nearly a century, one of the major open questions in graph theory was the Four Color Conjecture: Every planar graph can be properly colored with four colors. In 1976, this conjecture was resolved (in the affirmative) by Appel and Haken. Their result is called the 4 Color Theorem. Unfortunately, their proof (as well as later proofs of this theorem) relies heavily on computers. In contrast, the 5 Color Theorem is easy to prove. In this talk we look at a $\frac92$ Color Theorem, which we can prove by hand.

This is joint work with Landon Rabern.

Time: Friday, April 3, 2015, 3:30-4:20 p.m.

Place: Exploratory Hall, room 4106

Refreshments will be served at 3:00 p.m.

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George Mason University
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