Sunday, May 17, 2020
What's facinating about the rule governing the game, for Conway as the inventor, anyway, is that it's totally stupid. Yet it exists. "I'll tell you what interests me abou this—it's really what interests me about mathematics. Nobody else in the whole history of the world has been stupid enough to invent this rule. That's the first thing. But then, if they had, they would find exactly the behavior that I'm finding... This rule hadn't physically existed in any sense in the world before a month ago, before I invented it, but it sort of intellectually existed forever."
— Siobhan Roberts, Genius At Play: The Curious Mind of John Horton Conway