Talk:John Horton Conway

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How many kids?[edit]

Does he have seven children or nine? The article contradicts itself. Mgolden (talk) 04:14, 7 January 2013 (UTC)

The source bio says 7, so I removed the strange final sentence that said 9. Tom Ruen (talk) 04:29, 7 January 2013 (UTC)


This guy looks like Ronald Graham. (talk) 08:31, 30 April 2013 (UTC)

The four-year-old Conway[edit]

This article states that "[Conway's] mother recalled that he could recite the powers of two when he was four years old."

Can someone supply a reference for this? I find this somewhat difficult to believe. Even assuming that Conway began reciting the powers of two the moment he turned four years old (on 26 December 1941), and assuming he spoke at the rate of one power-of-two each second, by the time his fifth birthday arrived he would have reached only as high as 231535999, and based on my limited math background I am fairly sure there are even higher powers of two than this. If someone does have a reference, however, then the quote should remain, since it would then be verifiable per Wikipedia guidelines. — Lawrence King (talk) 23:32, 3 June 2013 (UTC)

Conway offering $1,000 for solutions to any of five problems[edit]

He is very eager to see solutions to any of the problems listed in "Conway's $1,000 Problems". Should an entry like this appear on his wiki page? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:30, 11 October 2014 (UTC)


"I’m sorry, I’m used to saying “naught”. I’ll try to say “zero”. (pause) No, I won’t try. You can all just learn to be naughty."

"Zero plus zero is naught, depending on what side of the Atlantic I'm on."

"The method of learning things is to work it out, you know, on scraps of paper, and then lose all those scraps of paper."

"Any large number is finite, and you can start thinking about it as 3."

"I started to think about the sum of games to learn more about Go. I now know a lot about sums of games—and still nothing about Go." — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:37, 12 August 2015 (UTC)