About John Conway

John Conway (photographer: Thane Plambeck)

John Conway (photographer: Thane Plambeck)

John Horton Conway (b. Dec 26 1937, Liverpool, England) is a British mathematician, who has done extensive work in number theory, combinatorics, knot theory and other branches of mathematics.   Conway is one of the most respected among living mathematicians, and today teaches at Princeton University in New Jersey, where he holds the John von Neumann Chair of Mathematics.

Conway’s Life was created in 1970 as part of Conway’s work on resolving a problem posed in 1940 by John von Neumann on creating a machine able to build perfect replicas of itself.  The Conway’s Life automaton was an early idealized mathematical solution to the problem, as well as one of the earliest simulated automata, and nearly certainly remains today the best known.

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