Discrete optimisation for fun

I have mentioned Bob Bosch and his mathematical art before; recently the (US) National Museum of Mathematics released a video on Youtube of Bob giving a lecture there on some of his work ("Math Encounters - Life is Beautiful: The Startling Consequences of Three Simple Rules")  It is a lecture on creating artworks that use patterns from John Conway's "Game of Life" as the building blocks and using discrete optimisation software to lay out those patterns in a picture.  
I thoroughly recommend it!  There is a plug for O.R. during the lecture and the first person in the audience to join in the questions (at 1:13:14) expresses delight in that publicity.  
As an undergraduate maths student, John Conway taught me Number Theory.


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