Welcome to the Four-Color Map Problem. The problem was originally proposed in the 1850s. It was a kind of question that you didn’t want to attempt during an exam that you have ever taken during your life. Simply put, the Four-Color Map Problem is about finding the minimum number of different colors that you will need for the sake of coloring a map in a manner that no two adjacent regions feature the same color.
Do we have you stumped? Don’t worry; you are not the only one. In fact, it was not until 1976 that mathematicians were able to solve this problem. The solution relied on the use of a computer as well. The master of math problems and the YouTube user that has been creating informative YouTube videos about mathematics, Numberphile, has broken down the problem into a much simpler form in his latest Youtube video.
The video has been titled ‘A Colorful Unsolved Problem,’ and you can watch as the YouTube user, Numberphile, breaks down the math problem explaining to the viewers how to understand the math problem and how it can be tackled. Using his love for mathematics and excellent communication skills, the YouTube user will do what he has been doing ever since he started making these YouTube videos; make an unsolvable problem seem so easy that not only you would understand how to do it but also show off your talents to those who do not know how to solve the problem.
For those of you who do not know, Numberphile is a popular YouTube channel that is dedicated to math lovers and posts amazing videos about problems that have stumped the greatest minds in history. You can check out the channel for fun and also see if the channel has covered a problem that you are learning how to solve. Anyway, here’s the ‘A Colorful Unsolved Problem’ that explains how to tackle the Four-Color Map Problem; enjoy!