Saturday, January 12, 2008

The mysteries of Cellular Automata

I recently bought Stephen Wolfram's book "New Kind of Science". The book is interesting and I highly recommend it.
In the spirit of one of my favorite phrases by Confucius:
"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand" I decided to reproduce some of the first examples that are given in the book. I wrote about 100 lines of Python code and enjoyed the beauty of the results.
The whole book is available online and I am referring here to the plots on page 55. Below enclosed a few of my plots.

Rule 25:

Rule 22:

Rule 30:

Rule 60:

Rule 73:

It is still a mystery for me the richness of the patterns that are produced from very simple interaction rules.
I would call it Social Networking by pixels.

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