By Alexander Soifer

ISBN-10: 0387746404

ISBN-13: 9780387746401

ISBN-10: 0387746420

ISBN-13: 9780387746425

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University of Washington

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Guy in their book “Unsolved Problems in Geometry” [CFG]. “If Problem 8 takes that long to settle [as the celebrated Four-Color Conjecture], we should know the answer by the year 2084,” write Victor Klee and Stan Wagon in their book “New and Old Unsolved Problems in Plane Geometry” [KW]. Are you ready? Here it is: What is the smallest number of colors sufficient for coloring the plane in such a way that no two points of the same color are unit distance apart? A. 1007/978-0-387-74642-5 2, C Alexander Soifer 2009 13 14 II Colored Plane This number is called the chromatic number of the plane and is denoted by .

Observe: due to the above inequality, we have enough cushion so that it does not matter in which of the two adjacent colors we color the boundaries of hexagons). 3 4 2 1 5 7 6 3 2 4 1 5 7 6 Fig. , [CFG] and [KW]). Yet in 1982 the Hungarian mathematician L´aszl´o A. Sz´ekely found a clever way to prove the upper bound without using hexagonal tiling. 5 (L. A. Szekely, [Sze1]). Prove the upper bound ≤ 7 by tiling the plane with . . squares again. Proof This is L´aszl´o Sz´ekely’s proof from [Sze1].

Observe: due to the above inequality, we have enough cushion, so that it does not matter in which of the two adjacent colors we color the boundaries of squares). Fig. 4 Now that a tiling has helped us to solve the above problem, it is natural to ask whether another tiling can help us improve the upper bound. One can indeed! , ≤ 7. Solution ([Had3]): We can tile the plane by regular hexagons of side 1. Now we color one hexagon in color 1, and its six neighbors in colors 2, 3, . . , 7 (Fig. 5).

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