Shall we play a game?

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Numberphile uploaded a brief video clip of John Conway, mathematician and inventor of the Game of Life. The interesting thing about the Game of Life is that the only player input that’s needed is initial setup. Then, a computer applies a predefined set of rules to your initial configuration and you watch as your creation either prospers or dies with each iteration. Surprisingly complex patterns can emerge from simple origins. It’s been called “a fun way to consume otherwise unused CPU cycles”.

There’s a good free Game of Life in the Android Play Store.

Dr. Conway is the Von Neumann professor of mathematics at Princeton University.

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