Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 758. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 2020-04-13 10:17:10+00:00 From: Willard McCarty
Subject: John Conway (1937-2020) The great and wonderful English mathematician, John Horton Conway, inventor (among other things) of the Game of Life, died on 11 April from a swift attack of the Coronavirus. Siobhan Roberts' 2015 biography of him in The Guardian, online at https://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/jul/23/john-horton-conway-the-most- charismatic-mathematician-in-the-world will give you a good idea of what we have lost and what he has left behind for us. Her characterisation of him as "Archimedes, Mick Jagger, Salvador Dalí, and Richard Feynman, all rolled into one" is much-quoted and just about nails it. The story of how he got his first job, at Cambridge, provides a much-needed glimpse of how life should be. Yours, WM -- Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist (www.dhhumanist.org) _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: email@example.com List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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