Who are the most charismatic mathematicians

Covid-19: The mathematician John Conway has died

Princeton University Professor of Mathematics Emeritus John Horton Conway has died at the age of 82. This was confirmed by colleagues Conways on Twitter, such as Sam Wang, who also teaches at Princeton. Conway died as a result of Covid-19. In addition to his academic work, the mathematician was a well-known representative of scientific entertainment, with which he conveyed mathematical principles to a large audience.

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In a portrait, the British Guardian described Liverpool-born Conway a few years ago as the most charismatic mathematician in the world and wrote: "He's Archimedes, Mick Jagger, Salvador DalĂ­ and Richard Feynman - all rolled into one." This related, among other things, to his humor, which Conway used for his popular science as well as his academic work.

The doomsday method is one of his works that are known to a larger audience. This is a comparatively simple and quickly applicable algorithm to determine the day of the week of any date in the Gregorian calendar.

The game of life or Conways Game of Life is also known. The game is based on cellular automata. But this is not a game in the strict sense of the word. Based on an initial allocation, Conway's Game of Life generates further states and forms without any further interaction by a player. The actual purpose of the game is to observe this development.

Conway's academic work includes research in geometry and group theory. Here he and his colleague John McKay discovered the so-called monster group with 196,884 dimensions. Princeton University describes his discovery of surreal numbers, which include infinitesimal and infinite numbers, as his proudest achievement. The real numbers are surrounded by surreal numbers that are always smaller or larger than the closest real number.