Webinar on John Conway’s Game of Life

The Webinar on John Conway’s Game of Life took place on Thursday, April 22nd, 2021 from 2 pm until 3 pm, with Julia Maristany from Argentina, PhD student in Biophysics at the University of Cambridge in England, as our invited speaker. This virtual event was free and open to the general public.

The invited speaker started the virtual event by sharing the story of the English mathematician John Conway and anecdotes of his personal and professional life. Julia Maristany then described the four rules of the Game of Life, which is a game invented by John Conway that has no players. The speaker showed several examples of static, oscillating and sliding patterns with different initial configurations of the game. Julia Maristany explained that this game is a universal computer, that is it is believed that we can simulate anything with the Game of Life. The speaker also highlighted that the celullar automata are used to describe patterns that appear in nature and to create technology.