Person: Kempe, Alfred Bray


Alfred Kempe published a false "proof" of the four colour theorem in 1879 which stood until Heawood showed the mistake 11 years later. The 'proof' is however still the basis for the computer aided proof discovered 100 years later.

Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):

Born 6 July 1849, Kensington, London, England. Died 21 April 1922, London, England.

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Origin England, Puzzles And Problems, Topology

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  1. O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive