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|Number of cells||6|
|Bounding box||4 × 3|
|Year of discovery||1970|
Century is a hexomino. It is a common methuselah that evolves into three blocks and a blinker after 103 generations. It produces a temporary toad at generation 59 which is destroyed at generation 79. It is a parent of the bookend.
As the century is very common, there are many century hasslers, such as the p127 century hassler found by Luke Kiernan. As an early example, David Buckingham built a period-246 glider gun using a century as the engine in June 1996.
Century can be eaten by a configuration of three eater 1s surrounding a beehive, as shown below (century is upper-right in each case). A much smaller century eater was found by Ivan Fomichev in 2013. Both of them play a prominent role in the bistable switch.
- Ivan Fomichev (June 8, 2013). Re: What do you want out of (conway's) life this year? (discussion thread) at the ConwayLife.com forums
- Tropylium (July 11, 2012). Re: Thread For Your Accidental Discoveries (discussion thread) at the ConwayLife.com forums