On learning from John Conway…

 (26 December 1937 – 11 April 2020*)

John Horton Conway, Department of Mathematics, Fine Hall
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

Homepage (Princeton Dean of Faculty)
YouTube (and others)

Covid casualty: April 11, 2020

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 in along time: Tue, Jul 9, 2013 at 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 the penultimate foolishness. Your quick comments will be appreciated.

Back about ten years ago, you allowed an acquaintance and me to spend a day essentially following you around on 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 TV around the world.

Long before — in 1972 — I had been a member of the Philomorphs with Arthur Loeb and Synergetics I & II were part of my early education. You may remember that I was particularly hung up on the interior 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 that Planck limit?” We discovered just 112. We then went out to the Observable Universe* in another 90+ steps, assuming a wide variegation of nested geometries all the way.

I thought it was a neat ordering system, but when we couldn’t find it anywhere on the web, we create a place for our chart of the universe from the Planck scale to this day. We’ve been puzzling over the first 67 notations (steps, doublings, layers, etc).

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

I would be delighted to hear from you.


Bruce Camber

* 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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