In graph theory, a planar graph is a graph which can be embedded in the plane. That is, it can be drawn on the plane so that its edges intersect only at its nodes. (see embedding).

Kuratowski's theorem states that a graph is planar if and only if it does not contain a topological $K_5$ or $K_{3,3}.$ Showing that $K_5$ and $K_{3,3}$ are non-planar is fairly easy using the Euler characteristic of the plane (V+R=E+2) but proving the other direction is decidedly awkward.

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