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Life Digits (1)

Posted in life digits, restricted patterns on June 25, 2009 by DIVVS·IVLIVS

“Using the standard ‘life digits‘ what is the smallest number base that can produce infinite growth?”

asks knightlife in a post at ConwayLife.com.

As always, a quick modification of my script in Perl for Golly, wait 7 minutes and… profit.

The string in question is 0011001000100011 and has 16 bits.

Pattern (RLE)
#CXRLE Pos=0,0
x = 51, y = 5, rule = B3/S23
3ob3obobob3ob3obob3ob3ob3obob3ob3ob3obobo$obobobobobobobobobobobobobob
obobobobobobobobobobobo$obobobobobobobobobobobobobobobobobobobobobobob
obobo$obobobobobobobobobobobobobobobobobobobobobobobobobo$3ob3obobob3o
b3obob3ob3ob3obob3ob3ob3obobo!

It produces two block-laying switch engines, and achieves stability at generation 1507:

0011001000100011

And also, happy birthday to me!

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