Octagon 2 was the first known period 5 oscillator, discovered in 1971 independently by Sol Goodman and Arthur Taber; the name is due to the latter. Its discovery was first reported in Lifeline Volume 1.
Octagon 2 is about the twenty-sixth most common naturally-occurring oscillator in Achim Flammenkamp's census, being about as common as unix.
- ↑ Achim Flammenkamp (September 7, 2004). "Most seen natural occurring ash objects in Game of Life". Retrieved on January 15, 2009.