Eureka Magazine

The first 3 articles from my Millennium Problems series have been published in Cambridge University’s Eureka Magazine – one of the oldest recreational mathematics magazines in the world, with authors including: Nobel Laureate Paul Dirac, Fields Medallist Timothy Gowers, as well as Martin Gardner, Stephen Hawking, Paul Erdös, John Conway, Roger Penrose and Ian Stewart. To say I’m excited would be an understatement… (pages 82-84 in case you’re interested).

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The Game of Life

The simple mathematical game that inspired the pattern on the facade at Cambridge North station – live interview with BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

 

Examples (image credits: Wikipedia)

Stable ‘still-life’ patterns that remain fixed for every turn.

Block                 Beehive             Boat                Loaf                    Tub

Game_of_life_block_with_border       98px-Game_of_life_beehive   82px-Game_of_life_boat     98px-Game_of_life_loaf     Game_of_life_flower

‘Oscillators’ that cycle through a number of designs repeating every few turns.

Beacon (period 2)     Blinker (period 2)     Toad (period 2)

Game_of_life_beacon                 Game_of_life_blinker                Game_of_life_toad

Pulsar (period 3)          Pentadecathlon (period 15)

Game_of_life_pulsar                I-Column

Spaceships that travel across the board forever.

Glider             Lightweight Spaceship

Game_of_life_animated_glider        Game_of_life_animated_LWSS

You can play the game of life for yourself online here.

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