Robin Wilson Book

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Robin Wilson Book

Postby gfroyle » Thu Dec 15, 2005 1:55 pm

Anyone seen the Robin Wilson book "How to Solve Sudoku" - he is basically a graph theorist, so I wondered what he was doing writing a Sudoku book?

Is it any good, and does it contain any real mathematics?


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Postby frazer » Thu Dec 15, 2005 2:42 pm

No, it doesn't have any real maths; it's just a popular book, much like the others. It's better than average, as these books go. It does mention the count of the number of sudokus in an appendix, even though the publication date was within a couple of weeks of Bertram's announcement of our result (although there is no attribution of the result), which was rather impressive work by the publishers!

Although I seem to remember that he was at Oxford when I was a fellow there, I think even then (1995-98) he wasn't really actively researching into graph theory and was moving into history of mathematics and popularisation of mathematics.

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