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Cellular Automat. A Discrete View of the World

Joel L. Schiff
Copyright © 2008 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. All rights reserved.

The history of cellular automata is only quite recent, coming to life
at the hands of two fathers, John von Neumann and Stanislaw Ulam
in the early 1950s. Subsequent work in the early 1960s included that
of Ulam and his co-workers at Los Alamos and by John Holland at
the University of Michigan whose work on adaptation continued for
several decades. Early theoretical research was conducted by Hedlund,
Moore, and Myhill, among many others, not always under the name
of cellular automata (CA), since the concept was still in its formative
stages. A big boost to the popularization of the subject came from John
Conway’s highly addictive Game of Life presented in Martin Gardner’s
October 1970 column in Scientific American. Still the study of CA
lacked much depth, analysis, and applicability and could not really be
called a scientific discipline. (more…)