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Pattern type  Oscillator  

Number of cells  14  
Bounding box  7 × 7  
Frequency class  39.9  
Period  2  
Mod  2  
Heat  15  
Volatility  0.68  
Strict volatility  0.68  
Discovered by  David Buckingham  
Year of discovery  1977  
 
 
 

Why not is a period2 oscillator found by David Buckingham in July 1977^{[1]}
This oscillator resembles by flops very strongly; indeed, by flops can be transformed into why not simply by placing an extra cell at one of the two Yshaped appendages at a given side. Performing this on both sides gives why bother.
Commonness
It first appeared naturally on April 15, 2015, in a soup submitted to Catagolue by Brett Berger.^{[2]}
This pattern has occurred naturally in Catagolue's asymmetric censuses, however details of its rarity are currently not known.
Glider synthesis
Goldtiger997 found an 8glider synthesis for the oscillator on August 23, 2016,^{[3]} and reduced the cost to 7 gliders on January 21, 2019 with a new script for 3glider collisions.^{[4]}
References
 ↑ Dean Hickerson's oscillator stamp collection. Retrieved on March 14, 2020.
 ↑ Brett Berger (April 16, 2015). Re: Soup search results (discussion thread) at the ConwayLife.com forums
 ↑ Goldtiger997 (August 23, 2016). Re: Soup search results (discussion thread) at the ConwayLife.com forums
 ↑ Goltiger997 (January 21, 2019). Re: Thread for your unsure discoveries (discussion thread) at the ConwayLife.com forums
External links
 Why not at the Life Lexicon
 14P2.20 at Heinrich Koenig's Game of Life Object Catalogs
Categories:
 Patterns
 Patterns with Catagolue frequency class 39
 Natural periodic objects
 Oscillators with 14 cells
 Periodic objects with minimum population 14
 Patterns with 14 cells
 Patterns found by David Buckingham
 Patterns found in 1977
 Patterns that can be constructed with 7 gliders
 Oscillators
 Oscillators with period 2
 Oscillators with mod 2
 Oscillators with heat 15
 Oscillators with volatility 0.68
 Oscillators with strict volatility 0.68
 Patterns missing Catagolue rarity reference
 Patterns with bilateral orthogonal symmetry