Glider-producing switch engine
|Glider-producing switch engine|
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|Number of cells||123|
|Discovered by||Charles Corderman|
|Year of discovery||1971|
The glider-producing switch engine (or glider-making switch engine) is a puffer that was found by Charles Corderman in the early 1970s. It consists of a switch engine reacting with blocks to produce various still lifes, several blinkers, and a glider every 384 generations.
The glider-producing switch engine is the second most common naturally-occurring pattern that exhibits infinite growth, the most common being the block-laying switch engine. It is also the ninety-first most common object on Adam P. Goucher's Catagolue.
Although clean synthesis of glider-producing switch engine requires 5 gliders, Michael Simkin has found very messy 3 gliders synthesis in 2014. This is the only known three glider synthesis of any infinite growth pattern, and it has the minimal number of gliders possible for infinite growth.
- "Mosquito 3". The Life Lexicon. Stephen Silver. Retrieved on June 1, 2009.
- Adam P. Goucher. "Statistics". Catagolue. Retrieved on June 24, 2016.
- "Time bomb". The Life Lexicon. Stephen Silver. Retrieved on May 16, 2009.
- Michael Simkin. "3 gliders infinite growth".
- Single switch engine puffer trains at the Life Objects Catalog