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Pattern type Oscillator
Number of cells 12
Bounding box 7×7
Frequency class 26.6
Period 4
Mod 2
Heat 14
Volatility 1.00
Strict volatility 0.92
Discovered by David Buckingham
Year of discovery 1973

Mazing is a period-4 oscillator found by David Buckingham in December 1973.[1] In terms of its 12 cells it is tied with mold as the smallest period 4 oscillator, but mold has a smaller bounding box.


Mazing is about the fifteenth most common naturally-occurring oscillator in Achim Flammenkamp's census, being less common than the tripole but more common than the blocker.[2] On Catagolue, it is the second most common period 4 oscillator, being less common than mold but more common than the cloverleaf.[3] In diagonal symmetries, including 8-fold symmetries, it is by far the most common period-4 oscillator.

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. Dean Hickerson's oscillator stamp collection. Retrieved on March 14, 2020.
  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. "Census". Catagolue. Retrieved on October 27, 2018.

External links

  • 12P4.2 at Heinrich Koenig's Game of Life Object Catalogs