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Pattern type Oscillator
Number of cells 50
Bounding box 18×11
Period 6
Mod 6
Heat 5.3
Volatility 0.25
Strict volatility 0.25
Discovered by David Buckingham
Year of discovery 1972

Sombreros is a period-6 oscillator that was found by David Buckingham in December 1972.[1][2] Each half by itself is called a sombrero.

If the two sombreros are moved three spaces closer to one another then the oscillator's period drops to 4, and the result is just a less compact form of Achim's p4.

goldenratio found a 37-glider synthesis of a sombreros variant in October 2020.[3]

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If the sombreros are moved 3 cells closer together, a period 4 oscillator results

See also


  1. Lifeline Volume 8, p. 1
  2. Dean Hickerson's oscillator stamp collection. Retrieved on March 14, 2020.
  3. goldenratio (October 3, 2020). Re: Synthesising Oscillators (discussion thread) at the forums

External links

  • 50P6.9 at Heinrich Koenig's Game of Life Object Catalogs