The Creative Tricks of a Mathematical Genius

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Conway with Gad Computer.

John Horton Conway found fame as a barefoot Cambridge professor. He went on to discover the Conway groups in mathematical symmetry. He was a mathemagician, usingcards, ropes, dice, coat hangers, and even the odd Slinky to share his work with students at Princeton. Science journalist and biographer Siobhan Roberts wrote Conway's authorized biography, Genius at Play: The Curious Mind of John Horton Conway