понедельник, 20 октября 2014 г.

Conway’s Game of Life and Tegmark’s Mathematical Universe Hypothesis

New Era of Philosophy

The Game of Life, devised by British mathematician J. H. Conway, is familiar to many people. It represents some sort of universe governed by very simple rules. First of all, it is a grid with cells each of which could be either live or dead. And there are four rules to manage states of the cells:
  1. Under-population: if the live cell have fewer than two living neighbors, it becomes dead
  2. Stability: any live cell with 2 or 3 living neighbors, remains live.
  3. Overcrowding: live cell with more than 3 neighbors dies
  4. Reproduction: any dead cell which has exactly 3 living neighbors, become alive.
And that’s it. Amazingly, this decent set of trivial rules can lead to much more complicated patterns, like glider guns, which can be seen here, for example:
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