2016 Interview Highlights

Richard Guy reflects on his relationship with Elwyn Berlekamp, John Conway, and Martin Gardner.

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Richard Guys Turns 100Richard Guy with Peace Button

Beloved mathematician, Richard K Guy, turned 100 on Friday, September 30th, 2016. Many friends and fans put together tributes to mark this very special occasion.

Right: A whimsical Richard Guy with “Peace is a Disarming Concept” button at #Moves conference opening event.

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Video Tribute

“Is There Still News For Me in that Old Geometry,” performed by Robert Schneider (Emory University) to the tune of the 1916 song “Is There Still Room for Me ’Neath the Old Apple Tree.” The lyrics were written by Guy’s old Cambridge friend Blanche Descartes.


 

Lyrics: Is There Still News for Me in That Old Geometry?

Lyrics by Blanch Descartes

Hello there Paul Erdős, please don’t make me wait in vain
I have a query about polyhedra on the plane
I hate to bug you now you’re dead, but thought maybe your brain
Could solve this one, it’s driving me insane!
My question is, are fourteen faces needed for this task
Of unistable shapes? I have to ask.

Is there still news for me in
That old geometry?
Where most folks think all’s plane to see

Oh, such shapes were not known
When John, Mike & I had shown
That nineteen faces worked

Reshetov he has proved
That nineteen can be moved
Down to fourteen, of that I approve!

(refrain) Is there still news for me in
That old geometry?
Where most folks think all’s plane to see

Listen Doctor Erdős, what’s the matter with this proof
It seems to me I’ve got it nailed or maybe I have goofed?
You say there’s major trouble and I’ve got two concepts mixed
Well, hurry up and get those notions fixed
Is that you Paul? Yes I can hear, please check The Book for me
I’m waiting and I want the answer now

(refrain) Is there still news for me in
That old geometry?
Where most folks think all’s plane to see

Oh, such shapes were not known
When John, Mike & I had shown
That nineteen faces worked

Reshetov he has proved
That nineteen can be moved
Down to fourteen, of that I approve!

(refrain) Is there still news for me in
That old geometry?
Where most folks think all’s plane to see