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:fly-by deletion A reaction performed by a passing convoy of spaceships which deletes a common stationary object without harming the convoy. Fly-by deletion is often used in the construction of puffers and spaceships to clean up unwanted debris.
For c/2 convoys this is not usually difficult since the LWSS, MWSS, and HWSS spaceships have such useful sparks. However, some objects are more difficult to delete. For example, deleting a tub appears to require an unusual p4 spaceship.
The deletion of a pond appears to require a convoy which is 89 cells in width containing a very unusual p4 spaceship which has 273 cells. There are small objects which have no known fly-by deletion reactions. However, as in the case of reanimation, hitting them with the output of rakes is an effective brute force method.
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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