Mathematician
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Mathematician  
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Pattern type  Oscillator  

Oscillator type  Billiard table  
Number of cells  35  
Bounding box  9 × 11  
Period  5  
Mod  5  
Heat  3.2  
Volatility  0.20  
Strict volatility  0.20  
Discovered by  David Buckingham  
Year of discovery  1972  
 
 
 

The mathematician is a period5 oscillator that was found in 1972 by David Buckingham.^{[1]}^{[2]} A stator variant of it first appeared seminaturally in April 2016.^{[3]}
A 99glider synthesis of this oscillator was found by Inferno on August 2, 2021 based on a final step posted by iNoMed.^{[4]} Over the next few days, this was reduced by iNoMed, wwei23, MathAndCode, Tanner Jacobi, and Martin Grant to 28 gliders.^{[5]}^{[6]}
Mathematician is by far the period5 oscillator with the most seminatural stator variants in twofold reflectional odd symmetry, with the only other one coming close being heart which only relies on symmetry to form an induction coil rather than as part of the rotor.
See also
References
 ↑ Robert Wainwright (October 1972). Lifeline, vol 6, page 3.
 ↑ Dean Hickerson's oscillator stamp collection. Retrieved on March 14, 2020.
 ↑ Dongook Lee (April 6, 2016). Re: Soup search results (discussion thread) at the ConwayLife.com forums
 ↑ iNoMed (August 2, 2021). Re: Synthesising Oscillators (discussion thread) at the ConwayLife.com forums
 ↑ iNoMed (August 3, 2021). Re: Synthesising Oscillators (discussion thread) at the ConwayLife.com forums
 ↑ Martin Grant (August 4, 2021). Re: Synthesising Oscillators (discussion thread) at the ConwayLife.com forums
External links
 Mathematician at the Life Lexicon
 35P5.4 at Heinrich Koenig's Game of Life Object Catalogs
Categories:
 Patterns
 Oscillators with 35 cells
 Periodic objects with minimum population 35
 Patterns with 35 cells
 Patterns found by David Buckingham
 Patterns found in 1972
 Patterns that can be constructed with 28 gliders
 Patterns that can be constructed with 24 gliders
 Oscillators
 Billiard tables
 Oscillators with period 5
 Oscillators with mod 5
 Oscillators with heat 3
 Oscillators with volatility 0.20
 Oscillators with strict volatility 0.20