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Langton’s Ant: Creating Endless Order From Chaos

by | 8th, April 2014

langton's ant

 

LANGTON’S Ant is a story of habit. Scientist Chris Langton discovered the phenomenon in 1986.

Chris Langton

 

If you were to put an ant down on a grid of squares and ask the ant to follow two rules something odd would happen.

The rules:

1. If you are on a white square, turn 90° right, change the colour of the square to black, and move forward one

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