Richard K. Guy
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He is best known for co-authorship (with John Conway and Elwyn Berlekamp) of Winning Ways for your Mathematical Plays and authorship of Unsolved Problems in Number Theory (ISBN 0-387-94289-0), but he has also published over 100 papers and books covering combinatorial game theory, number theory and graph theory.
He is said to have developed the partially tongue-in-cheek "Strong Law of Small Numbers," which says there are not enough small integers available for the many tasks assigned to them — thus explaining many coincidences and patterns found among numerous cultures.
Additionally, around 1959, Guy discovered a unistable polyhedron having only 19 faces; no such construct with fewer faces was found until 2012. Guy also discovered the glider in Conway's Game of Life.
- Guy, Richard K. (2004). Unsolved problems in number theory (3rd ed.). New York: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-0-387-26677-0. ISBN 978-0-387-20860-2. MR 2076335.
- Richard K. Guy (2001). "Aviezri Fraenkel and Combinatorial Games" (PDF). Electronic Journal of Combinatorics 8 (2).
- Béla Bollobás, Richard K. Guy (1983). "Equitable and proportional coloring of trees". J. Comb. Theory, Ser. B 34 (2): 177–186. doi:10.1016/0095-8956(83)90017-5.
- Richard K. Guy, Gerhard Ringel (1976). "Triangular embedding of Kn – K6". J. Comb. Theory, Ser. B 21 (2): 140–145. doi:10.1016/0095-8956(76)90054-X.
Notes and references
- Donald J. Albers & Gerald L. Alexanderson (2011) Fascinating Mathematical People: interviews and memoirs, "Richard K. Guy", pp 165–92, Princeton University Press, ISBN 978-0-691-14829-8 .