Record methuselah pattern found in Conway’s Game of Life

It happened right here, in the East Wing of our Useful Dreams Laboratories ! Using Nathaniel Johnston’s Online Life-Like CA Soup Search Python scripts, and the previously featured superbly versatile cellular automata program Golly, one of our carefully overclocked PCs stumbled upon the pattern below, which has a life span of 31,192 generations. Such patterns […]

The Game Of Life

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