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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Cellular Automata

New book on a favorite topic, Cellular Automata, by Thomas M. Li    The paradigm was used in the enterprise.   Too expensive to assure that I will acquire this, but if the publisher wants a review, send a copy along.  This edited book likely contains more examples of the use of CA. Stephen Wolfram's New Kind of Sceince work is fundamentally based on this model.

" ... A cellular automaton is a discrete model studied in computability theory, mathematics, physics, complexity science, theoretical biology and microstructure modelling. It consists of a regular grid of cells, each in one of a finite number of states, such as 'On' or 'Off'. The grid can be in any finite number of dimensions. For each cell, a set of cells called its neighbourhood (usually including the cell itself) is defined relative to the specified cell. This book presents current research from across the globe in the study of cellular automata, including using cellular automata to solve optimisation problems; modelling drug release science using cellular automata; using the cellular automata model to study the dispersion of aphids and ladybugs in a block of citric trees; and the reversibility of cellular automata ... "

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