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4/5/2007 Mathematician to speak at Linfield

McMINNVILLE - John Conway, acclaimed mathematician and author, will speak Friday, April 13, at 8 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Conway, the John von Neumann Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University, will present "The Free Will Theorem." The lecture is sponsored through the Walter P. Dyke Endowment, honoring the Linfield alumnus and faculty member who was known as a strong teacher, innovative scientist and researcher, and philanthropist.

Conway is the keynote speaker for the annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest Section of the Mathematical Association of America (PNW-MAA), which will be held at Linfield April 13-14.

He is the author or co-author of at least 10 books, and numerous articles, which have had substantial impact on research mathematicians as well as mathematical amateurs. He has a gift for naming mathematical objects, and for inventing useful mathematical notations. He is most widely known for his invention and naming of the "Game of Life," an example of cellular automata that simulates the life and death of organisms based on certain initial rules.

Conway is a fellow of the Royal Society and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the recipient of the Berwick Prize of the London Mathematical Society, Polya Prize of the London Mathematical Society, Frederic Esser Nemmers Prize, Leroy P. Steele Prize of the American Mathematical Society and Joseph Priestley Award. He earned a degree from the University of Cambridge and taught there as a mathematical logician before joining the Princeton faculty in 1986.

The Walter P. Dyke Endowment was established through a grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, where Dyke served as a trustee for many years. The fund was established to support faculty and student research and strengthen the research environment in the sciences at Linfield.

For more information, contact Chuck Dunn, assistant professor of mathematics at Linfield, at or 503-883-2273.