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Moments of Genius - Brian Eno


Music producer, Brian Eno, describes his favourite moment in the history of science. In 1970, the British mathematician John Conway worked out the Game of Life. "I'm not a mathematician but this idea made immediate sense to me", says Brian. The Game of Life proves that incredibly complex things can be generated from something startlingly simple. It's like a board game that has a very simple set of rules. You expect to be able to predict the outcome but you absolutely can't. "You just have to keep watching it happen to believe it, " says Brian who has spent many many hours doing just that. The Game of Life is deeply counter-intuitive. It sheds light on what makes evolution possible and has had a huge influence on Brian Eno's music.

Broadcasts

  • 2010-05-24 16:55:00 - 2010-05-24 17:00:00 on Radio 4 FM, Radio 4 LW,
  • 2010-05-28 12:53:00 - 2010-05-28 12:57:00 on Radio 4 FM,