their more advanced paper is here;
be well, be love.
high-powered mathematicians take on free will
mondays, march 23 through april 27, 2009, 8 p.m. · a02 mcdonnell hall
conway, a major figure, to give lectures on ideas formed with kochen
ten years ago, princeton mathematician john conway wowed standing-room-only crowds with a series of public math lectures. among many things, he spoke about ancient greek geometers and his modern discovery of surreal numbers. he threw in some math tricks, too. audiences flocked to hear the joys of math recounted by one of its masters and left enthralled by conway's intellectual wizardry.
on monday, march 23, conway -- who has fought his way back to health from a 2006 stroke -- will launch another lecture series that will once again place his mind and legendary personality squarely in the spotlight.
this intellectual journey promises to be different.
this time, the presentations will have one focus. working with his longtime colleague, princeton mathematician simon kochen, conway is set on explaining to the university community and the public over six weeks the tenets of their "free will theorem."
the gist of it is this: they say they have proved that if humans have free will, then elementary particles -- like atoms and electrons -- possess free will as well.