Fore and back (or complementary blinker) is a period-2 oscillator that was found by Achim Flammenkamp on July 12, 1994. Its rotor is the same as the blinker.
Fore and back is about the thirty-eighth most common naturally-occurring oscillator in Achim Flammenkamp's census, being less common than boat on spark coil and block on griddle, about as common as 21P2, and more common than trans-block on long hook eating tub and trans-beacon down on long hook. It is the most common oscillator that is generally agreed to be a billiard table, though some instead give this title to the more common test tube baby, which counts under a looser definition.
In August 2013, a 24-glider synthesis of this oscillator was found by Martin Grant, based on a soup provided by Lewis Patterson. Several days later Mark Niemiec improved this result, having found a 20-glider synthesis.
In October 2014, Tanner Jacobi found a predecessor for this pattern based on a soup from Adam P. Goucher's apgsearch script, which was eventually optimized to a 6-glider synthesis in November.
- ↑ "Complementary blinker". The Life Lexicon. Stephen Silver. Retrieved on December 3, 2018.
- ↑ Dean Hickerson's oscillator stamp collection. Retrieved on March 14, 2020.
- ↑ Achim Flammenkamp (September 7, 2004). "Most seen natural occurring ash objects in Game of Life". Retrieved on January 15, 2009.
- ↑ Dave Greene (July 3, 2019). Re: Thread for basic questions (discussion thread) at the ConwayLife.com forums
- ↑ Lewis Patterson (August 4, 2013). "Synthesising Oscillators". Retrieved on September 10, 2013.
- ↑ Tanner Jacobi (October 15, 2014). Re: Soup search results (discussion thread) at the ConwayLife.com forums
- ↑ Tanner Jacobi (November 8, 2014). "Soup search results". Retrieved on November 9, 2014.
- 24P2.142 at Heinrich Koenig's Game of Life Object Catalogs