Vive le Conway! The book is out July 14!


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.

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

—Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind and Grand Pursuit

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

—James Gleick, author of The Information and Chaos

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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