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Beluchenko's p51, also known as 112P51, is a large, symmetric period51 oscillator found by Nicolay Beluchenko in 2009, being the first nontrivial oscillator of its period to be found. It can be extended diagonally by making copies of itself share two blocks.

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Pattern collection

The LifeWiki contains one of the most comprehensive catalogues of patterns available on the internet. Within it you will find:


Did you know...

 ...that it is currently an open question as to if there exists a periodic pattern whose only predecessors are its own evolutionary sequence?
 ...that it can be proved reflectorless rotating oscillators exist in Life, although none have yet been found or constructed?
 ...that there are currently known elementary spaceships with speeds c/7 and c/10 orthogonal, but none with c/8 or c/9?
 ...that there are currently known elementary spaceships with speeds c/7 and c/12 diagonal, but none with c/8, c/9, c/10 or c/11?
 ...that while the speed limit for orthogonal spaceships in rules using the Moore neighbourhood is c orthogonal, spaceships in Larger than Life rules are capable of breaking this barrier?
 ...that without the use of adjustable glider loops, there are no known oscillators with periods 43, 49 or 53?
 ...that without the use of Herschel loops or adjustable glider loops, there are no known oscillators with periods 57, 59 or 61?
 ... that the largest interesting pattern constructed, the caterpillar, contains over 11 million cells?
 ... that the Gosper glider gun was the first pattern to be discovered that exhibits infinite growth?
 ... that the blocklaying switch engine and the gliderproducing switch engine (and various combinations of two switch engines) are the only infinitelygrowing patterns that are known to have ever occurred naturally from an asymmetric random starting configuration?

