John Conway with Yossi Elran

How Conway invented Life and Retrolife puzzles

One of John Conway’s famous quotations is “I Hate Life!”. In the following series of interviews with Numberphile’s Brady Haran, Conway explains why - and how he invented the game.

Does John Conway hate the Game of Life?

This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.

How John Conway invented the Game of Life

This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.

Retrolife challenges

‘Retrolife’ is a challenge based on the Garden of Eden concept. In the related files you can download and read about ‘Retrolife’ in an article I wrote for a ‘Celebration of Mind’, and try out some of the puzzles.

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