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 are generally called Methuselahs, because it takes an unexpectedly large number of iterations of chaotic development before they settle down into more predictable remnants.

Co-named for both Methuselah’s (apocryphal) wife Edna, and the famous Australian housewife-and-Megastar Dame Edna, we are proud to present the pattern itself:


Edna in all her glory

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