Definition 2023


glider gun


A Gosper glider gun firing gliders.


glider gun (plural glider guns)

  1. (mathematics) In the Game of Life cellular automaton, any pattern that "fires" out gliders.
    • 1998, M. Delorme, Jacques Mazoyer, Cellular automata: a parallel model (page 64)
      Alas this transformation by itself increases traversal length of the circuit because these new glider guns are much larger.