Life and polyominoes
Update: It seems I got all this wrong (again!). See Hugh’s comment here A little while ago I wrote of how I had challenged the children I work with in a Code Club to find the glider pattern in Conway’s Game of Life. I suggested that, if they adopted an essentially random approach to putting…
How many solutions to check?
I asked the year 6 (10- and 11-year-olds) children I teach through Code Club if they could find the five cell pattern that kept a Game of Life board going indefinitely (ie., could they find the “glider” pattern?). Their prize if they manage it in the next week is chocolate. Of course they could look…
More than a game: the Game of Life
Conway’s Game of Life has long fascinated me. Thirty years ago I wrote some Z80 machine code to run it on a Sinclair ZX80 and when I wrote BINSIC, my reimplentation of Sinclair ZX81 BASIC, Life was the obvious choice for a demonstration piece of BASIC (and I had to rewrite it from scratch when…