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Pattern type Oscillator
Family Griddle
Number of cells 14
Bounding box 7×7
Frequency class 39.9
Period 2
Mod 2
Heat 15
Volatility 0.68
Strict volatility 0.68
Discovered by David Buckingham
Year of discovery 1977

Why not is a period-2 oscillator that was found by David Buckingham in July 1977[1] that is extremely similar to by flops; in fact, in one of its phases it differs by only one cell. It first appeared naturally on April 15, 2015, in a soup submitted to Catagolue by Brett Berger.[2]


  1. Dean Hickerson's oscillator stamp collection. Retrieved on March 14, 2020.
  2. Brett Berger (April 16, 2015). Re: Soup search results (discussion thread) at the ConwayLife.com forums

External links

  • 14P2.20 at Heinrich Koenig's Game of Life Object Catalogs