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Humanist Archives: April 13, 2020, 11:29 a.m. Humanist 33.758 - John Conway (1937-2020)

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        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


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 DalĂ­, 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.


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)

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