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Conway to speak on science and free will, Oct. 2-Nov. 20

Princeton mathematician John Conway will deliver a series of eight lectures on the subject of science and free will at 8 p.m. Mondays beginning Oct. 2 in McCosh 50. A question-and-answer period will follow the one-hour presentations, which run through Nov. 20.

The series, which Conway has prepared in collaboration with colleague Simon Kochen, concerns the "Free Will Theorem," the topic of the mathematicians' recent paper. The theorem suggests that if humans have free will, then elementary particles must possess it as well. The lectures, which are for a general audience, will explain the theorem and the relevant science, and will provide information on its consequences.

Conway, the John von Neumann Professor in Applied and Computational Mathematics, has been a Princeton faculty member since 1987. His fascination with games and puzzles has led him to important discoveries in areas of mathematics from number theory to geometry. He also is well known as the inventor of the Game of Life, in which checker-like objects replicate themselves and form patterns on a grid.

Conway is passionate about bringing math to the public and routinely draws large crowds from the University and the surrounding community to his lectures.

The series is free and open to the public.

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