# John horton 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

### Gun* (cellular automaton, *redirect from Gosper's gun)

### 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.

### John Horton Conway FRS[3] (born 26 December 1937) is an English mathematician active in the theory of finite groups, knot theory, number theory, combinatorial game theory and coding theory. He has also contributed to many branches of recreational mathematics, notably the invention of the cellular automaton called the Game of Life. Conway is currently Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Princeton University in New Jersey.

### John H Conway 2005 (cropped).

### Some useful John Conway math talk

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

### Tangles, Bangles and Knots with John Conway

John Horton Conway is a cross between Archimedes, Mick Jagger and Salvador Dalí.

### Alex Bellos selects the maths geniuses whose revolutionary discoveries changed our world

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.

John Horton Conway: the world’s most charismatic mathematician | Siobhan Roberts | Conway’s Leech lattice doodle. Photograph: John Horton Conway

John Horton Conway and his Leech lattice doodle.

The world’s most charismatic mathematician | Siobhan Roberts