I had been following John Horton Conway for a very long time…

John Horton Conway

Died: 26 December 1937 – 11 April 2020

2001: Visited in Fine Hall, Princeton University, New Jersey

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Twitter (he opened an account in 2013 but never used it)

Another email: November 18, 2019

RE:  I remember well a day sometime just before September 2001

Dear Prof. Dr. John Conway:

Strange to think that our day of discussions has led to a base-2 model
of the universe, but it has.  I’ll write up that story soon.

This is the precursor: https://81018.com/bridge/

Best wishes,

First email: July 9, 2013 @ 4:45 PM

Dear Prof. Dr. John Conway:

You may not want me to reference your work because this article I am struggling to write just might be penultimate foolishness. Your quick comments will be appreciated.

Back now about ten years ago, you allowed an acquaintance and me to spend a day essentially following you around the campus. We chatted often and had a late lunch. My name is Bruce Camber and I had flown in from California. My work at the time was producing a television series, Small Business School, that aired on PBS stations around the USA and on the Voice of America around the world.

Long before — in 1972 — I had been a member of the Philomorphs with Arthur Loeb; and, Bucky’s Synergetics I & II were part of my early education. You may remember that I was particularly hung up on the nesting of simple platonic geometries, particularly the octahedron. David Bohm got me going in that direction.

Two years ago, my nephew asked if I would substitute for him within his five high school geometry classes, “Introduce the platonic solids!” I had been studying a little about Planck’s length and had the kids guess, “How many base-2 notations within would we have to go before we hit at the Planck limit?” We discovered just over 110. We then went out to the Observable Universe* in another 91+ steps, assuming a wide variegation of nested geometries all the way.

I thought it was a neat ordering system, but we couldn’t find it anywhere on the web, so we put it up. And now, we are puzzling over the first 65 notations (steps, doublings, layers, etc).

Here is the beginning of a speculative, entirely idiosyncratic article about that very simple work: https://81018.com/big-board/

I would be delighted to hear from you.


Bruce Camber
Small Business School
Private Business Channel, Inc.

* PS. In an email, I suggested to Luminet that the universe is probably more like the Pentakis Dodecahedron than a simple dodecahedron….

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