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Melissa Gymrek- Conway’s Game of Life

Melissa Gymrek- Conway’s Game of Life

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Conway’s Game of Life
Melissa GymrekMay 2010
 
Introduction
The Game of Life is a cellular-automaton, zero player game,developed by John Conway in 1970. The game is played on aninfinite grid of square cells, and its evolution is only determined byits initial state.
 
The rules of the game are simple, and describe the evolution of thegrid:
Birth
: a cell that is dead at time
will be alive at time
+ 1if exactly 3 of its eight neighbors were alive at time
.
Death
: a cell can die by:
Overcrowding
: if a cell is alive at time
+ 1 and 4 or more of its neighbors are also alive at time
, the cell will be dead attime
+ 1.
Exposure
: If a live cell at time
has only 1 live neighbor or nolive neighbors, it will be dead at time
+ 1.
Survival
: a cell survives from time
to time
+ 1 if and onlyif 2 or 3 of its neighbors are alive at time
.

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