A Generator of a Paul Chapman Counter Machine for Conway's Game of Life

This applet simulates a Counter Machine. A theoretical computer like machine used as a mathematical tool to probe the limits of computability. It is equivalent to a Turing Machine in its ability. The notes contain a description of the machine and the applet. The code can be pasted into the 'code' tab of the applet.

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This applet also generates patterns for Conway's Game of Life (GoL) based on Paul Chapman's design for a P30 machine or a P1 machine. The patterns are in RLE format can be copied from the 'CCM RLE' tab and pasted into a suitable Gol application such as Golly. When run these patterns will perform the equivalent operations on the GoL counters as simulator does on its counters.

There are a number of counter machines preprogrammed into the 'code' tab of the applet, including the 'Life Universal Computer' from Paul Chapman's web page. The 'Life Universal Computer' is a universal counter machine. It has a description of a counter machine held as data in five of its twelve counters.

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Last Update 7th December 2011

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