John Horton Conway, mathematician and creator of Game of Life, has died aged 82 of complications related to COVID-19. Princeton University announced the news today, where Conway was John von Neumann Professor in Applied and Computational Mathematics between 1987 and 2013, after which he attained emeritus status.

First shown in 1970, Conway’s Game of Life is a famous cellular automaton. The user places a series of cells on a grid, and those cells interact according to four rules. As the simulation plays out, the cells’ interactions grow more complex, illustrating how complexity can emerge from simple instructions. A version of Game of Life can be played in-browser here.

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