Stephen A. Silver is a Life enthusiast who is most well-known in the Life world as the creator and maintainer of the Life Lexicon, which is one of the most well-known and most used websites for learning about basic patterns and definitions used in Conway's Game of Life.
His pattern discoveries include mosquito 4, which was the smallest-known (in terms of its initial number of cells) quadratically-growing pattern for a few days (until it was surpassed by mosquito 5). He also found the only known tagalong for the weekender, as well as the first true period 55 gun (with the help of Noam Elkies and David Buckingham). He found the glider synthesis that led to the construction of the first Cordergun in July 1999.
Patterns found by Stephen Silver
- "Cordergun". The Life Lexicon. Stephen Silver. Retrieved on June 10, 2009.
- "Game of Life Status page". Retrieved on June 10, 2009.
- "Life Credits". Mark D. Niemiec. Retrieved on June 10, 2009.
- Life page of Stephen Silver