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x = 8, y = 7, rule = B3/S23 b3o2$2o2bobo$5bo$bo4b2o$3bo$3bobo! #C [[ THUMBSIZE 2 THEME 6 GRID GRIDMAJOR 0 SUPPRESS THUMBLAUNCH ]] #C [[ AUTOSTART ]] #C [[ HEIGHT 500 THUMBSIZE 3 ZOOM 33 GPS 2 LOOP 2 ]]
Pattern type Oscillator
Number of cells 14
Bounding box 8 × 7
Period 2
Mod 2
Heat 22
Volatility 0.88
Strict volatility 0.88
Discovered by Unknown
Year of discovery Unknown

14P2.4[1], 14-bit P2 #4[2] (apgcode xp2_4l1148kgzx302) is a small, unnamed period-2 oscillator.

One name proposed for this pattern is "melting clock".[3]


A 30-glider synthesis for this oscillator was found by Goldtiger997 in 2018.[4]


See also: List of common oscillators

As of February 2023, this is one of two 14-cell oscillators which are yet to arise naturally from an asymmetric soup on Catagolue, alongside the octapole.[5]

On March 4, 2023, Charity Engine found a C4_4 soup that produces 4 copies of 14P2.4. This is the first occurrence of the oscillator in a soup of any symmetry.[6]

See also


  1. xp2_4l1148kgzx302 at Adam P. Goucher's Catagolue
  2. Search For Pattern at Mark D. Niemiec's Life Page
  3. SquishyBoi (September 15, 2020). Re: Thread For Your Naming Proposals of Unnamed Patterns (discussion thread) at the ConwayLife.com forums
  4. Goldtiger997 (March 20, 2019). Re: Synthesising Oscillators (discussion thread) at the ConwayLife.com forums
  5. Small Unnatural Objects Watchlist (discussion thread) at the ConwayLife.com forums
  6. Matthias Merzenich (March 17, 2023). Re: Soup search results (discussion thread) at the ConwayLife.com forums

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