A Life in Games: The Playful Genius of John Conway

A Life in Games: The Playful Genius of John Conway

The mathematician John Horton Conway’s myriad accomplishments — including the Game of Life, sprouts and the surreal numbers — are the product of a mind at play.

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The mathematician John Horton Conway’s myriad accomplishments — including the Game of Life, sprouts and the surreal numbers — are the product of a mind at play.

This adaptation from the biography Genius at Play shows how serious advances such as the surreal numbers can spring out of fun and games.

A Life in Games: The Playful Genius of John Conway

The mathematician John Horton Conway’s myriad accomplishments — including the Game of Life, sprouts and the surreal numbers — are the product of a mind at play.

The world’s most charismatic mathematician

John Horton Conway: the world’s most charismatic mathematician

John Horton Conway - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:  mathematician who devised a computer simulation called the game of life..how the mind/conciousness could possibly arise following a set of simple rules....

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John Conway in his office at Princeton in 1993. Photograph: Dith Pran/The New York Times/Red/Eyevine

John Conway in his office at Princeton in Photograph: Dith Pran/The New York Times/Red/Eyevine

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John Horton Conway, a Fellow of the Royal Society who hails from Princeton via Cambridge, England, is notorious for many things—perhaps…

In the game Traffic Jams, four players start from Aberystwyth (A), Dolgellau (D), Ffestiniog (F) and Merioneth (M). Players take turns sliding down one-way streets to the next town. The game ends when all players are stranded at the town of Conwy, from which there is no escape. Once all players are stranded, the next player meant to move loses.

The mathematician John Horton Conway’s myriad accomplishments — including the Game of Life, sprouts and the surreal numbers — are the product of a mind at play.

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The long read: John Horton Conway is a cross between Archimedes, Mick Jagger and Salvador Dalí. For many years, he worried that his obsession with playing silly games was ruining his career – until he realised that it could lead to extraordinary discoveries

John Horton Conway: the world’s most charismatic mathematician

The long read: John Horton Conway is a cross between Archimedes, Mick Jagger and Salvador Dalí. For many years, he worried that his obsession with playing silly games was ruining his career – until he realised that it could lead to extraordinary discoveries

John Horton Conway

John Horton Conway: the world’s most charismatic mathematician

Exhibit 4: GAME OF LIFE 1970. John Conway's zero-player game consists of a grid of cells, each of which is either alive or dead. Every live cell needs 2 or 3 neighbours to survive. Less than this and the cell dies, more than this is also fatal. Once the grid is configured and initiated, there is no further interaction, all that remains is to sit back and see how it evolves. The results are magical, clearly demonstrating the creative possibilities of the computer.

Representation of Game of Life, a celullar automaton created by matemathician John Horton Conway during 1970 to recreate natural celullar behaviours.

Conway playing Game of Life.  “Dr John H Conway sits down at his computer and gets ready to log on. But before the computer allows him to begin work, it quickly spews out 10 randomly selected dates from the past and the future, dates like 3/15/2005 or 4/29/1803. Dr Conway has to mentally calculate what day of the week each would be before his computer lets him open a file and get to work. It is a game he has rigged up to play with himself.”

John Horton Conway: the world’s most charismatic mathematician

If you've never heard of John Conway, you'd be forgiven. Unlike John Nash, who received star treatment in the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind, Conway remains a mystery to most.

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