Inventing Game of Life
Following on from the previous post, Numberphile have very recently interviewed John Conway about his mathematical ‘game’.
John H Conway on the creation of his Game of Life … including the indirect roles of John von Neumann and Martin Gardner.
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Lovely interview - notice how he repeatedly talks about “we”. I’d always ascribed “lone genius” status to Conway, and you’ll always hear him described as the inventor or creator of the game, but this makes clear that as well as building on the thinking of others like von Neumann it arose out of conversations at Coffee Time.
How many times has this man had to tell the story of something he’s not very interested in?
Also do let it run to the very end - there’s a nice addendum after the first credit screen.