Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Pennies Falling from Heaven: Getting Inspiration---and Fun---With a Spin From a Master," by Eric Jackson., 20 January 2004.

Jackson turns an encounter with Princeton mathematician John H. Conway into a lesson in innovation for people in businesses large and small. Aside from Conway's ability to demonstrate how pennies standing on end will fall---heads up---Jackson was struck by the traits that made Conway such an interesting and successful innovator. The behaviors that can be found in innovators in all fields are: playing, paying attention to the details others may miss, experimenting based on observations, and going out to garner the reward, "whether it be having some fun with their colleagues, achieving recognition for their work, or introducing a new profit stream in their business."

--- Annette Emerson