Total aperiodic
Total aperiodic  
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Pattern type  Miscellaneous  

Number of cells  182  
Bounding box  59 × 57  
Discovered by  Bill Gosper  
Year of discovery  1997  
 

A finite pattern is total aperiodic if it evolves in such a way that no cell in the plane is eventually periodic.
The first example was found by Bill Gosper on November 16, 1997. A few days later, on November 19, he found the much smaller example that consists of three copies of backrake 2 (by David Buckingham),^{[1]} shown in the infobox. Two of the rakes release southwestbound gliders, which perform 90degree kickbacks to the northwestbound outputs from the third rake. As each kickback happens farther away from the last one and shifts the central glider by one halfdiagonal southwestwards, any cell in the plane will be covered by infinitely many gliders on their aperiodic lanes.
On June 24, 2004, Gosper found that a block can be added to the pattern to make the total periodic pattern shown below, in which every cell in the plane will eventually die and stay dead, albeit incredibly slowly. The block remains untouched for about 3^{63} generations. It deletes the n^{th} glider (and is shifted) at about generation 3^{57.5+5.5n}.^{[2]}
Total periodic (click above to open LifeViewer) RLE: here Plaintext: here 
A space nonfiller is also capable of touching every cell in the plane at least once and making them eventually OFF.
References
 ↑ Total aperiodic at Paul Callahan's Page of Conway's Life Miscellany
 ↑ Jason Summers' jslife oversize pattern collection.
External links
 Total aperiodic at the Life Lexicon
 Dean Hickerson. "Aperiodic patterns". Dean Hickerson's Game of Life page. Retrieved on June 4, 2022. Patterns with similar concept.
 Totally periodic pattern (discussion thread) at the ConwayLife.com forums