Mathematical constants are either anonymous or famous, with fame a reflection of the constant's importance.

**Julian Havil, 2012**.

Along his compellingly illustrated path through the history of

**irrational numbers**—delivering insights for mathematicians and non-mathematicians—Julian Havil introduces readers to interesting constants beyond the “famous constants”

*π*and

*e*[1]: the

**Conway Constant**(also written

**Conway's Constant**[2]), for instance, which isn't exactly famous. Neither is it anonymous, as it is named after the English mathematician John Horton Conway, who introduced and analyzed the

**look-and-say sequence**leading to the discovery of the Conway Constant [3].

Anonymous constants may become famous. The Conway Constant and its look-and-say sequence should be of interest in the study of self-descriptive processes such as molecular self-replication; and, thus, will contribute to biomolecular modeling and advances in macromolecular chemistry and biochemistry [4].

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**Keywords****mathematics**,

**special numbers**,

**rationals**,

**irrationals**,

**transcendentals**.

**References and more to explore**

[1] Julian Havil:

**The Irrationals**.

*Princeton University Press*, Princeton and Oxford, California,

**2012**; pages 136 and 137.

[2] Wolfram MathWorld:

**Conway's Constant**[mathworld.wolfram.com/ConwaysConstant.html].

[3] John H. Conway:

**The Weird and Wonderful Chemistry of Audioactive Decay**.

*Eureka*

**1986**,

*46*, pp. 5-18 (see TOC on www.archim.org.uk/archives/eureka/#46).

by Óscar Martín

[4] Óscar Martín: **Look-and-say biochemistry: Exponential RNA and Multistranded DNA**.

*American Mathematical Monthly*

**2006**,

*113*(4), pp. 289-307 [www.maa.org/publications/periodicals/american-mathematical-monthly/american-mathematical-monthly-april-2006].

Óscar Martín

by Ó Óscar Martín

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