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What’s Cellular Automata (CA)?

Cellular automata are like “Life”, only better! Find out how scientists use these models to study the dynamics of ecosystems, of fluid flows, gas dynamics, sand piles, magnetic materials, waves . . .  . “Automata” means the possible conditions are represented by a discrete set of states, with rules for transitions from state to state. Spatial structure is incorporated by dividing the domain up into discrete “cells” and by making the transition rules depend on not only the state of the cell itself but also of its neighbors. These models can give a lot of understanding into the role of ... Read More »