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Life Ends
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Kerr-Mudd,John
2020-04-12 14:39:31 UTC
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for John (Horton) Conway

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conway%27s_Game_of_Life

but the glider guns will keep on running.
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Bah, and indeed, Humbug.
Gareth Evans
2020-04-12 14:47:06 UTC
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Post by Kerr-Mudd,John
for John (Horton) Conway
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conway%27s_Game_of_Life
but the glider guns will keep on running.
Died yesterday, I see.

I wonder which stimulated the most generating programs,
Conway's Game Of Life or Mandelbrot's Set?
m***@gmail.com
2020-04-12 15:00:09 UTC
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Post by Kerr-Mudd,John
for John (Horton) Conway
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conway%27s_Game_of_Life
[...]
Life never ends -- except by misadventure -- for an artificial intelligence with the

http://ai.neocities.org/ReJuvenate.html -- Mind Module.

Mentifex

http://old.reddit.com/r/scifi/comments/fz0dl6/time_to_rewatch_dark_angel/fn3an2p
Andy Walker
2020-04-12 16:36:06 UTC
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Post by Kerr-Mudd,John
for John (Horton) Conway
Sad news. He was appointed Fellow at my college as I started
my final year; by then, I was specialising in astrophysics, so had
little to do with him beyond the occasional chat as we passed in the
corridors and quads. If he'd started earlier [or I later], my career
could well have been very different. I heard several of his talks
and seminars; highly inspirational, not least the Q&A sessions and
the chat over meals.
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Andy Walker,
Nottingham.
Bud Frede
2020-04-14 00:16:07 UTC
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Post by Kerr-Mudd,John
for John (Horton) Conway
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conway%27s_Game_of_Life
but the glider guns will keep on running.
Using pencil and graph paper for Life was one of the things that got me
interested in computers. I wanted to get away from all the graphite on
my fingers and the eraser crumbs. :-)
Jorgen Grahn
2020-04-14 12:32:00 UTC
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Post by Bud Frede
Post by Kerr-Mudd,John
for John (Horton) Conway
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conway%27s_Game_of_Life
but the glider guns will keep on running.
Using pencil and graph paper for Life was one of the things that got me
interested in computers. I wanted to get away from all the graphite on
my fingers and the eraser crumbs. :-)
I was thinking about that this morning: Game of Life must be
/terrible/ with pen and paper. Unless you use a whole stack
of maybe semi-transparent paper, or something.

I read that Conway used Go equipment at first.

/Jorgen
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Bud Frede
2020-04-15 16:23:29 UTC
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Post by Jorgen Grahn
Post by Bud Frede
Post by Kerr-Mudd,John
for John (Horton) Conway
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conway%27s_Game_of_Life
but the glider guns will keep on running.
Using pencil and graph paper for Life was one of the things that got me
interested in computers. I wanted to get away from all the graphite on
my fingers and the eraser crumbs. :-)
I was thinking about that this morning: Game of Life must be
/terrible/ with pen and paper. Unless you use a whole stack
of maybe semi-transparent paper, or something.
I read that Conway used Go equipment at first.
Yes, I've read that too.

I first read about Life in Scientific American. I didn't have a Go
board, so I just used pencil and graph paper. It was quite tedious and
messy, but it was also kind of fun. I was (re)discovering patterns that
seemed like secret messages built into the rules of the game.

I just checked and I must have started when I was 10. I played with Life
on and off for a few years and then had a chance to talk with some
students working with computer programs at the local university. I found
that some of them were interested in Life as well, and I decided I
wanted a computer of my own to play Life on. :-)
Ahem A Rivet's Shot
2020-04-18 07:51:21 UTC
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On 14 Apr 2020 12:32:00 GMT
Post by Jorgen Grahn
I read that Conway used Go equipment at first.
That I hadn't known. He did invent a game using Go equipment known
as 'Football' (I recall it being quite playable but I've long since
forgotten the rules), apparently he came across a Go set before he knew the
game and realising it was game equipment proceeded to invent a game using
it before asking anyone about it.
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Andy Walker
2020-04-18 12:42:04 UTC
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[Conway] did invent a game using Go equipment known
as 'Football' (I recall it being quite playable but I've long since
forgotten the rules),
"Phutball", or "Philosopher's Football". It's described, eg,
in "Winning Ways", with advice on how to play decently well. It's
computationally v hard, so difficult to play really well!
apparently he came across a Go set before he knew the
game and realising it was game equipment proceeded to invent a game using
it before asking anyone about it.
Possible but seems unlikely; he would surely have found a
use for all the unwanted black stones [white stones in the colour-
reversed version described by Wiki].
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Andy Walker,
Nottingham.
Ahem A Rivet's Shot
2020-04-18 14:08:53 UTC
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On Sat, 18 Apr 2020 13:42:04 +0100
Post by Andy Walker
[Conway] did invent a game using Go equipment known
as 'Football' (I recall it being quite playable but I've long since
forgotten the rules),
"Phutball", or "Philosopher's Football". It's described, eg,
I never saw the name written down :), the second name rings bells
though.
Post by Andy Walker
in "Winning Ways", with advice on how to play decently well. It's
computationally v hard, so difficult to play really well!
apparently he came across a Go set before he
knew the game and realising it was game equipment proceeded to invent a
game using it before asking anyone about it.
Possible but seems unlikely; he would surely have found a
use for all the unwanted black stones [white stones in the colour-
reversed version described by Wiki].
It was the story told in DPMMS by people who likely knew for
certain, OTOH we are talking about Cambridge where a good story goes a long
way.
--
Steve O'Hara-Smith | Directable Mirror Arrays
C:\>WIN | A better way to focus the sun
The computer obeys and wins. | licences available see
You lose and Bill collects. | http://www.sohara.org/
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