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Designing Beauty: The Art of Cellular Automata

  • Andrew Adamatzky
  • Genaro J. Martínez
  • Offers in-depth insights and first-hand working experiences in the production of art works, using simple computational models with rich morphological behaviour, at the edge of mathematics, computer science, physics and biology

  • Organically combines ground breaking scientific discoveries in the theory of computation and complex systems with artistic representations of the research results

  • Presented in a lively and easily accessible manner, lavishly illustrated with visually attractive examples

  • Fascinating, colourful book devoted to the beauty of cellular automata

Book

Part of the Emergence, Complexity and Computation book series (ECC, volume 20)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Andrew Wuensche
    Pages 13-26
  3. Kellie Michele Evans
    Pages 27-34
  4. Clifford Reiter
    Pages 35-38
  5. Maurice Margenstern
    Pages 65-71
  6. Jeffrey Ventrella
    Pages 73-74
  7. Moshe Sipper
    Pages 75-77
  8. Andreas Deutsch
    Pages 79-81
  9. Claudio Conti
    Pages 83-86
  10. Hiroshi Umeo
    Pages 87-95
  11. Hiroki Sayama
    Pages 97-101
  12. Susan Stepney
    Pages 103-109
  13. Anastasiya Kireeva
    Pages 119-120

About this book

Introduction

This fascinating, colourful  book offers in-depth insights and first-hand working experiences in the production of art works, using simple computational models with rich morphological behaviour, at the edge of mathematics, computer science, physics and biology. It organically combines ground breaking scientific discoveries in the theory of computation and complex systems with artistic representations of the research results. In this appealing book mathematicians, computer scientists, physicists, and engineers brought together marvelous and esoteric patterns generated by cellular automata, which are arrays of simple machines with complex behavior. Configurations produced by cellular automata  uncover  mechanics of dynamic patterns formation, their propagation and interaction in natural systems: heart pacemaker, bacterial membrane proteins, chemical rectors, water permeation in soil, compressed gas, cell division, population dynamics, reaction-diffusion media and self-organisation.

The book inspires artists to take on cellular automata as a tool of creativity and it persuades scientists to convert their research results into the works of art.

The book is lavishly illustrated with visually attractive examples, presented in a lively and easily accessible manner.

Keywords

Cellular Automata Complexity Computer Art Mathematical Machines Self-organization Collective Behavior Theory of Computation

Editors and affiliations

  • Andrew Adamatzky
    • 1
  • Genaro J. Martínez
    • 2
  1. 1.Unconventional Computing CentreUniversity of the West of EnglandBristolUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Unconventional Computing CentreUniversity of the West of EnglandBRISTOLUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Andrew  Adamatzky is a professor at the Department of Computer Science and Director of the Unconventional Computing Centre, University of the West of England, Bristol,  UK.  He does research in  reaction-diffusion computing, cellular automata, massive parallel computation, collective intelligence, bionics, complexity, non-linear science, novel hardware.

Genaro J Martinez is a professor at the School of Computer Sciences, National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico City, Mexico and visiting fellow at the Unconventional Computing Centre, University of the West of England, Bristol,  UK. His does research in cellular automata, unconventional computing, artificial life, complex systems, and swarm robotics.

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Reviews

“The authors succinctly describe the core ideas of the automata used to generate the beautiful images, and some of the interesting explorations that led to the particular calculations behind the images included in the book. … The images and the reference list together make the book a valuable starting point for those interested in the theory or the art, or those who simply want to find websites where these fascinating ideas can be explored and images created.” (D. T. Barnard, Computing Reviews, April, 2016)

“Cellular automata (CA) are discrete time dynamical systems that consist of a regular grid of cells. … It is primarily a collection of nice pictures that were generated by CA. … the book should inspire the scientist to present his or her work in a pleasing and graphically attractive way, and it should invite artists to explore the possibilities to be creative with CA. … this is a survey that can get you started to explore a catchy subject.” (Megan Patnott, MAA Reviews, maa.org, August, 2016)