Conway's game of life

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Conway's rules

This page runs a mathematical model known as Conway's game of life. (Life wiki) The rules are simple:

  1. The plane is split up into a grid of cells. Each cell can be "alive" (black) or "dead" (white).
  2. A dead cell comes to life if there are three adjacent cells which are alive.
  3. A living cell dies if there are fewer than two adjacent cells which are alive.
  4. A living cell dies if there are more than three adjacent cells which are alive.
  5. A living cell stays alive if there are exactly two or three adjacent cells which are alive.

Starting from simple rules, complex patterns emerge. Many patterns die out quickly, many converge on oscillating or static patterns, some produce copies of moving patterns.

Resetting the model will clear the area and set the counter back to 0. All cells outside the area are considered "dead".

Game controller

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Delay (ms):
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