
That’s Life 3: The Three Types of Things
This is part 3 of a series of posts about Conway’s Game of Life; the other two can be found here and here, and here’s a supplemental post about how to play Life on a computer. I’ll start with a confession: the title of this post is sort of a lieâ€”there are more types of…

That’s Life 2: The Glider
If you’ll recall, we left off from part one with John Conway sitting amazed at the “glider” that moves across the Life universe. Here it is again: Isn’t that cool? It’s cool. Want to know why? Because life is cool. Also, because Life is cool. I should note that the “Rpentomino” from the last post…

That’s Life
This is Conway’s Game of Life. What is this? It’s a cellular automaton: an infinite grid of squares, called “cells”, hence the name. The cells change color based on their neighbors’ colors. This is one of those math things that seem useless at first, but become intruiging, until after a decade of looking at it…