A methuselah found by Charles
Corderman. It has a final population of 633 and covers an area of
215 by 168 cells, not counting the 13 gliders it produces. Its ash
consists of typical stable objects and blinkers, along with the
relatively rare mango and a temporary eater1.

Game of Life Explanation

The Game of Life is not your typical computer game. It is a cellular
automaton, and was invented by Cambridge mathematician John Conway.

This game became widely known when it was mentioned in an article
published by Scientific American in 1970. It consists of a grid of
cells which, based on a few mathematical rules, can live, die or
multiply. Depending on the initial conditions, the cells form various
patterns throughout the course of the game.

Rules

For a space that is populated:

Examples

Each cell with one or no neighbors dies, as if by solitude.

Each cell with four or more neighbors dies, as if by
overpopulation.