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Pattern type Spacefiller
Number of cells 187
Bounding box 27×27
Discovered by Tim Coe
Year of discovery 1995

Max is a spacefiller that was found by Tim Coe[1] in October 1995 that fills the plane with zebra stripes. In terms of its 187 cells, it is tied with spacefiller 2 as the smallest known spacefiller, and in terms of its 27×27 bounding box it wins outright.[2]

Alternatively, the term Max may be used to describe whatever the smallest-known spacefiller is at the current time. The term represents the fact that the growth rate is the fastest possible of any pattern in Conway's Game of Life.[3][4]

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Max at generation 50

See also


  1. "Coe's improvements on the spacefiller". Paul Callahan. Retrieved on June 10, 2011.
  2. Spacefiller.lif in Alan Hensel's pattern collection.
  3. "Max". The Life Lexicon. Stephen Silver. Retrieved on May 24, 2009.
  4. Eric Weisstein. "Max". Eric Weisstein's Treasure Trove of Life C.A.. Retrieved on May 24, 2009.

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