John Conway: Mathematician


World-renowned mathematician John Conway often builds geometric models as inspiration for his highly influential theoretical work; here, he supplies readers with his unique template—and also all of the materials—for assembling one of his favorite polyhedra: the Small Stellated Dodecahedron. Includes an interview with Conway.

John Conway (1937–2020) was an English mathematician active in the theory of finite groups, knot theory, number theory, algebra, geometry, combinatorial game theory, and coding theory. He also contributed to many branches of recreational mathematics, most notably with the invention of the cellular automaton called the Game of Life. Conway was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1981 and was the John von Neumann Distinguished Professor at Princeton University from 1987 to 2013.