John Horton Conway passed away on April 11th, 2020. It was at beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Indeed, he died of the consequence of the COVID-19.
Since most of the world was struggling with the pandemic, the death of this great scientist didn’t receive the merited attention.
He was a brilliant mathematician and made many significant contributions in several branches of mathematics. In computer science he is mostly known as the inventor of the famous Game of life cellular automaton. This widely contributed to the popularity and great attention that these mathematical models received in the eighties and nineties of the XX century.
On a personal basis the Game of life automaton was one of the first motivations which made me to start my research activity in cellular automata. And cellular automata was the causes of the formation of the G-Art research group in 2019.
The G-Art group is, hence, greatly indebted with this man. Here is our way to witness that:
The image was produced by using the
FlowAutomaton with 38628 agents in 375 iterations starting with
an image found on the web.
Credits: CC BY 2.0 by Thane Plambeck for the original photo.