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|Number of cells||8|
|Discovered by||Charles Corderman|
|Year of discovery||1971|
There are two basic types of stabilized switch engine, both of which were also found by Charles Corderman: the period 288 block-laying switch engine (the more common of the two) and period 384 glider-producing switch engine. These two puffers are the most natural infinite growth patterns in Life, being the only ones ever seen to occur from random starting patterns.
The stable pattern that results from the switch engine has 842 cells.
- Switch engine at the Life Lexicon