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Pattern type Oscillator
Number of cells 12
Bounding box 8×7
Frequency class 35.6
Period 2
Mod 2
Heat 18
Volatility 0.86
Strict volatility 0.86
Discovered by David Buckingham
Year of discovery 1977

Fox (or gnome[1]) is the smallest period-2 oscillator with an asymmetric rotor. It was found by David Buckingham in July 1977.[2]


It is the 74th most common oscillator on Adam P. Goucher's Catagolue.

Glider synthesis

All strict still lifes with a population of 20 or fewer cells, as well as all oscillators and spaceships with 16 or fewer cells, are known to be glider-constructible. A glider synthesis of this object can be found in the infobox to the right.

See also


  1. "Gnome". The Life Lexicon. Stephen Silver. Retrieved on June 21, 2011.
  2. Dean Hickerson's oscillator stamp collection. Retrieved on June 21, 2011.

External links

  • 12P2.1 at Heinrich Koenig's Game of Life Object Catalogs