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:p46 gun A glider gun which has true-period 46. The first one found was the new gun by Bill Gosper in 1971. Prior to the discovery of Tanner's p46 in October 2017, all known p46 guns were made from two or more twin bees shuttles that interact (e.g., see twin bees shuttle pair). See edge shooter and double-barrelled for two more of these.
On 21 October 2017 Heinrich Koenig found a glider gun using two copies of Tanner's p46 placed at right angles to each other. This is the first p46 gun found which makes no use of the twin bees shuttle.
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.
The Guardian published a nice article about John Conway.
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