8,315,553,613,086,720,000, and the Monster

Who wrote the paper of papers that has the number 8,315,553,613,086,720,000 in its title? John H. Conway.

The 8,315,553,613,086,720,000 paper is:

A Group of Order 8,315,553,613,086,720,000,” John H. Conway, Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society, 1 (1969): 79-88.

Someone convinced him to sit down and talk about “Life, Death, and The Monster”  Here’s video of that:

To many admirers, Conway is above all the creator of life: the Game of Life. Martin Gardner wrote about that achievement: “The game made Conway instantly famous, but it also opened up a whole new field of mathematical research, the field of cellular automata … Because of Life’s analogies with the rise, fall and alterations of a society of living organisms, it belongs to a growing class of what are called “simulation games” (games that resemble real life processes).”

Here’s Conway doing an informal, long talk about that, and this and that (beginning with sphere packing in 24-dimensional space, and then meandering around various topics):

 

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