Fore and back

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Fore and back
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Pattern type Oscillator
Number of cells 24
Bounding box 7×7
Period 2
Mod Unknown
Heat 4
Volatility 0.15
Strict volatility 0.15
Discovered by Achim Flammenkamp
Year of discovery 1994

Fore and back (or complementary blinker) is a period 2 oscillator that was found by Achim Flammenkamp in July 1994. It is about the 38th most common naturally-occurring oscillator, being less common than boat on spark coil and griddle and block, about as common as 21P2, and more common than trans-block and long hook eating tub and trans-beacon down and long hook.[1]

Its rotor is the same as the blinker.

In August, 2013 a 24-glider synthesis of this oscillator was found by Martin Grant, based on a soup, provided by Lewis Patterson. Several days later Mark Niemiec improved this result, having found a 20-glider synthesis.[2]

See also


  1. Achim Flammenkamp (September 7, 2004). "Most seen natural occurring ash objects in Game of Life". Retrieved on January 15, 2009.
  2. "Synthesising Oscillators". Retrieved on September 10, 2013.

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