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Pattern type Oscillator
Number of cells 16
Bounding box 9×7
Frequency class 29.9
Period 14
Mod 7
Heat 10.3
Volatility 1.00
Strict volatility 0.88
Discovered by George Collins
Year of discovery 1970

The tumbler is the smallest known and first discovered period-14 oscillator and was found by George Collins in 1970.[1] It was the only known period 14 oscillator until the discovery of 44P14 on April 21, 1997.


Tumbler is about the twenty-eighth most common naturally-occurring oscillator in Achim Flammenkamp's census, being less common than octagon 2 and unix but more common than tub test tube baby.[2] On Catagolue, it is the only known period 14 oscillator to have occurred naturally.[3]


In August 2014, Bob Shemyakin found a 6-glider synthesis[4] for a tumbler. In January 2020 a cheaper recipe was found by a Catagolue-based randomized 5-glider search.[5]

See also


  1. "Class 2 Objects Catalog". Retrieved on April 11, 2009.
  2. Achim Flammenkamp (September 7, 2004). "Most seen natural occurring ash objects in Game of Life". Retrieved on January 15, 2009.
  3. Adam P. Goucher. "Statistics". Catagolue. Retrieved on October 27, 2018.
  4. Bob Shemyakin (August 16, 2014). "Re: Synthesising Oscillators". Retrieved on May 15, 2019.
  5. Hdjensofjfnen (January 12, 2020). "Re: Randomly enumerating glider syntheses". Retrieved on January 12, 2020.

External links

  • 16P14.1 at Heinrich Koenig's Game of Life Object Catalogs