John Conway

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John Horton Conway (born 1937 in Liverpool, England) is a prolific mathematician active in the theory of finite groups, knot theory, number theory, game theory and coding theory.

Among amateur mathematicians, he is perhaps most widely known for his mathematical games, in particular the creation of the game of life. He is also one of the inventors of the Sprouts game, as well as Phutball. He invented a new number system, the surreal numbers, which are closely related to certain games and have been the subject of a mathematical novel by Donald Knuth.

Conway is professor of mathematics at Princeton University. He studied at Cambridge University.


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