Complex Systems

A Note on the Game of Life in Hexagonal and Pentagonal Tessellations Download PDF

Carter Bays
Department of Computer Science and Engineering,
University of South Carolina,
Columbia, SC


Most readers are familiar with cellular automata (CA) utilizing squares as cells, and are also familiar with the most famous automaton, Conway's Game of Life. This game is played on an infinite grid of squares, and has been thoroughly explored in many publications [1, 2] as well as on numerous websites.

In 1994 in this journal the author introduced several games of life in the triangular tessellation [3]. It now appears, not surprisingly, that other tessellations also support games of life.