Oscillators

Oscillators are patterns that rotate through a repeating set of states. The number of states in the rotation is the periodicity.

Blinker (period 2)

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Toad (Period 2)

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Beacon (Period 2)

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Pulsar (Period 3)

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Pentadecathlon

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The Figure 8 (Period 8)

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John Conway referred to oscillators with period 2 as 'flip-flops'

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See Also

 

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