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John Conway's Game of Life

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Author:Stephen Stuart
Description: The Game of Life 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: Death - If an occupied cell has 0, 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 occupied neighbors, the organism dies (0, 1: of loneliness; 4 thru 8: of overcrowding). Survival - If an occupied cell has two or three neighbors, the organism survives to the next generation. Birth - If an unoccupied cell has three occupied neighbors, it becomes occupied. Also available from http://www.tech.org/~stuart/life/.

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Problems/Puzzles
Math Topics: Cellular Automata, Statistics, Biology

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