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| Eater 1 (or fishhook or simply eater) was the first discovered eater. Its ability to eat various objects was discovered by Bill Gosper in 1971. It is the smallest still life that is neither radially symmetric nor symmetric through a line, and it is the thirteenth most common still life, being less common than mango but more common than long barge.
It only takes four generations to recover from being hit by a glider, making it the fastest-recovering glider eater, and it is also the smallest glider eater. As such, it appears as a stabilizer at the corner of dozens of oscillators including 36P22, buckaroo, P54 shuttle, pentoad, pre-pulsar shuttle 47, and snacker.
| The LifeWiki contains one of the most comprehensive catalogues of patterns available on the internet. Within it you will find:
Did you know...
- ... that in 2016, patterns were found that have great-great-grandparents but no great-great-great-grandparents?
- ... that no way is known for a 3x3 pattern to be tiled into an MxN rectangle to produce a Garden of Eden, but that there are 4x3, 4x4 and larger tiles that can be repeated in this way to produce GoEs?
- ... that there are spaceship stabilizations of agars?
- ...that there are 9,971,377 strict still lifes with population 25?
- ...that there are 24,619,307 strict still lifes with population 26?
- ...that there are 60,823,008 strict still lifes with population 27?
- ...that there are 150,613,157 strict still lifes with population 28?
- ...that there are 373,188,952 strict still lifes with population 29?
- ...that there are 926,068,847 strict still lifes with population 30?
- ... that an N-bit strict still life can be constructed for any odd integer N using no more than 39 gliders, and for any even integer N using no more than 38 gliders, using a temporary tubstretcher?