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Game of Life Cellular Automata

pp 71-97

Growth and Decay in Life-Like Cellular Automata

  • David EppsteinAffiliated withComputer Science Department, University of California Email author 

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Abstract

Since the study of life began, many have asked: is it unique in the universe, or are there other interesting forms of life elsewhere? Before we can answer that question, we should ask others: What makes life special? If we happen across another system with life-like behavior, how would we be able to recognize it? We are speaking, of course, of the mathematical systems of cellular automata, of the fascinating patterns that have been discovered and engineered in Conway’s Game of Life, and of the possible existence of other cellular automaton rules with equally complex behavior to that of Life.