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Conway's Game of Life

Mathematics and Construction

ByNathaniel JohnstonDave Greene

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Dead cells with three live neighbors are born, while live cells with fewer than two or more than three live neighbors die. These simple rules define Conway's Game of Life, which exhibits complex and unpredictable behavior that has been studied for over 50 years. This book provides a thorough introduction to the Game of Life, the mathematics behind it, and the methods used to construct many of its most interesting patterns. It emphasizes conceptual techniques for constructing patterns that evolve in unusual ways, and guides the reader through the thought processes and ideas that are needed to combine various building blocks into more interesting composite patterns. While this book largely follows the history of the Game of Life, that is not its primary purpose. Rather, it is a by-product of the fact that most recently discovered patterns build upon patterns and techniques that were developed earlier. The goal of this book is to demystify the Game of Life by breaking down the complex patterns that have been developed in it into bite-size chunks that can be understood individually.

Details

Publication Date
Nov 16, 2021
Language
English
ISBN
9781794816961
Category
Education & Language
Copyright
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
Contributors
By (author): Nathaniel Johnston, By (author): Dave Greene

Specifications

Pages
492
Binding
Case Wrap
Interior Color
Color
Dimensions
US Letter (8.5 x 11 in / 216 x 279 mm)

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