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Game of Life – cellular automaton

John Conway's Game of Life

The Rules

Game of Life

Game of Life

The Game of Life was invented by John Conway (as you might have gathered). The game is played on a field of cells, each of which has eight neighbors (adjacent cells). A cell is either occupied (by an organism) or not. The rules for deriving a generation from the previous one are these:

John Conway

John Conway

Neighbors 

  • Death: 0,1,2 neighbors
  • Life: 3,4 neighbors
  • Death: 5,6,7,8 neighbors

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