Honey thieves is a period 17 oscillator, consisting of a honey farm predecessor, hassled by 4 eaters. It is the smallest known period 17 oscillator in terms of minimum population, though 54P17.1 still has a slightly smaller bounding box.
It was discovered by Matthias Merzenich in September 2014 with a modified version of Dean Hickerson's drifter search program, that facilitates discovery of symmetric oscillators.
Mark Niemiec found a 17-glider synthesis of this oscillator.
- ↑ Matthias Merzenich (September 11, 2014). "Re: New p17 and other billiard tables". Retrieved on September 11, 2014.
- ↑ Matthias Merzenich (September 10, 2014). "A small modification of dr". Retrieved on September 11, 2014.
- ↑ Mark Niemiec (September 13, 2014). "Re: New p17 and other billiard tables". Retrieved on September 13, 2014.
- 36P17.1 at Heinrich Koenig's Game of Life Object Catalogs