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The grandfather problem is the following question, posed by John Conway in 1972 in Lifeline Volume 6:
Conway offered a $50 cash prize to "the first person to settle the grandfather problem either way". But the problem remained open until May 2016, when mtve presented such a pattern -- and, soon after that, a pattern with a grandfather but no great-grandfather, and another pattern with a great-grandfather but no great-great-grandfather.
- Is there a configuration which has a father but no grandfather?
| The LifeWiki contains one of the most comprehensive catalogues of patterns available on the internet. Within it you will find:
Did you know...
- ... that the smallest known sawtooth pattern in Conway's Life consists of only 177 ON cells?
- ... that there are now over a hundred and twenty known Herschel conduits, counting stable conduits only, and a much larger number if oscillator-supported conduits are included?
- ... that Demonoids, Caterloopillars, Orthogonoids, half-bakery knightships are the only known types of spaceships with fixed slope but adjustable speed -- not counting 0E0P metacell-based patterns?
- ... that a pattern exists in which no cell in the unbounded Life plane ever becomes periodic?
- ... that several candidate universal constructors have been demonstrated in Conway’s Life, but as of June 2015 none have been formally proven to be universal?
- ... that there are dozens of known Cordership variants, including puffers, rakes and wickstretchers, with periods of any multiple of 96?
- ... that greyships have been constructed with speeds of c/2, c/3, c/4, c/5 and 2c/5?
- ... that most greyships travel parallel to the stripes in their included agars, but a few travel perpendicular to the stripes, or "against the grain"?
- ... that a pattern has been constructed that calculates and prints out the digits of pi in decimal, and a similar one prints out the decimal digits of the Golden Ratio?
- ... that several different patterns have been constructed to calculate and display the sequence of prime numbers, and some have been adapted to display only prime pairs or Fermat primes?