One of the worlds most notable mathematicians unfortunately died from Corona virus on the 11th April 2020. John H. Conway was a giant in the field who introduced a whole generation to a new way to create and simulate using cellular automaton in 1970. Incredibly influential and inspired many after him such as Stephen Wolfram to develop his ideas further. John did not stop there and contributed more to the field then we can do justice here – as he worked on so many fields including Geometry and Game theory.
He may though be fondly remembered for his Conway’s Game of Life, which was truly inspiration to me in my early years. There is an immense beauty to that fact that complexity can emerge from very simple repeated rules. There is somewhat of an aesthetic parallel with Quantum Physics, where simply rules give rise to often unexpected results.