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:eater5 (p1) A compound eater that can eat gliders coming from two different directions. Also called the tub-with-tail eater (TWIT), it is often placed along the edges of glider lanes to suppress unwanted gliders in conduits. Below is the standard form, a compact form with a long hook, and an often-useful conjoined form found with Bellman. The sidesnagger is a Spartan constellation that has a similar glider-absorbing function, using a loaf. See also 7x9 eater.
With gliders from either direction, the eater5's eating reaction creates a spark that can be used to reflect other gliders. See the example pattern in duoplet, or advance any of the topmost three gliders in the above pattern by two ticks.
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 collection 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.
Each cell with one or no neighbors dies, as if by solitude.
Each cell with four or more neighbors dies, as if by overpopulation.
Each cell with two or three neighbors survives.
Each cell with three neighbors becomes populated.
Choose a pattern from the lexicon or make one yourself by clicking on the cells. The 'Start' button advances the game by several generations (each new generation corresponding to one iteration of the rules).
In the first video, from Stephen Hawkings’ documentary The Meaning of Life, the rules are explained, in the second, John Conway himself talks about the Game of Life.
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