The Game of Life is not your typical computer game, it is a "cellular automaton," and was invented by Cambridge mathematician John Horton Conway (as you might have gathered). The original intention was to model the process of birth, survival, and death. The idea being that organisms require others in order to survive and procreate. But this can also bring about other problems, such as overcorwding, which often ends in death. This game became widely known when it was mentioned in an article published by Scientific American, October 1970, pg. 120. The game consists of a collection of cells which, based on a few mathematical rules, can live, die or multiply. Depending on initial conditions, the cells form various patterns throughout the course of the game. The game is played on a field of cells, each of which has eight neighbors (adjacent cells). A cell is either occupied (by an organism) or not.
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