Vive le Conway! The book is out!


Genius At Play gets a starred review in Publishers Weekly, wherein Conway is declared: “Perhaps the greatest living genius unknown to the general public.”

Booklist Starred Review English prof Bryce Christensen gives Genius At Play a starred review in Booklist, finding it an “engrossing biography” and a “chronicle of invincible confusion.” (!)

Conway goes to the beach… NPR’s Science Friday puts Genius At Play on its beach bag reading list.

“Roberts’s ‘kaleidoscope of inquiry’ is a marvel for its virtuoso juggling of narrative speeds, reminiscences, implausible digressions and long passages of precise, comprehensible mathematics. She packs it all into a tidy chronology framed by the story of a road movie starring Conway.”

—Michael Harris, Nature

“Meet the world’s most charismatic mathematician” —Conway takes the Guardian! (a Long Read, adapted from the book)

“I’m not going to worry any more! Ever again.” —Conway is featured again chez Numberphile, in a mini documentary, Memento Mori, clocking up 100K+ views

Genius At Play, The Curious Mind of John Horton Conway is, hands down, the best biography I have read since The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt.” (by Edmund Morris, 2001)

—Bethany, Goodreads

Genius At Play lets the drama and art of true mathematical genius speak for itself. If you liked A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar, check this out.”

—Nathan Harshman, American University

“The book never gets bogged down in mathematical detail, yet it conveys much of the unstoppable excitement of its hero in full throttle.”

—Colm Mulcahy, Huffington Post

Genius At Play is a portrait of one creative genius by another. Absolutely brilliant.”

—Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind

“A delightful meta-biography—playful indeed—of a brilliant iconoclast.”

—James Gleick, author of The Information

Wonderfully written, fascinating and hilarious, the book is a delight from beginning to end. Roberts has produced a captivating portrait of the most playful mathematician alive.”

—Alex Bellos, author of Here’s Looking at Euclid and The Grapes of Math

John Conway is, by any standard, a very remarkable man, and he well deserves a remarkable biography, which this book undoubtedly is.”

—Roger Penrose, author of The Road to Reality and The Emperor’s New Mind

It’s a riveting read, and you don’t need to be a mathematician to enjoy it.”

—Baron Martin Rees of Ludlow, UK Astronomer Royal and author of Just Six Numbers

I couldn’t put it down! It kept me up reading ‘til 3am.”

—John Horton Conway, Princeton’s John von Neumann Professor Emeritus

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