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A New Glider Found For Conway's Game of Life 50

Posted by timothy
from the also-a-new-number-between-11-and-12 dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Conway's Game of Life is now forty two years old, but it continues to inspire as well as being the basis of an actively researched field, with computer scientists now announcing they have found a new form of the famous 'glider' pattern (once suggested by Eric S Raymond as the insignia of computer hackers) that runs over a so-called Penrose universe."
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A New Glider Found For Conway's Game of Life

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  • Re:not the same (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ceoyoyo (59147) on Tuesday August 07, 2012 @09:35AM (#40904617)

    You have it backwards. By increasing the complexity, namely by making the pattern of tiles non-repeating, it was believed things like gliders were impossible. That turns out not to be the case.

    The existence of the glider has nothing to do with whether the universe is non-repeating or not. Penrose universes are mathematical constructs that are proven to be non-repeating.

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