Game of Life
In the previous two chapters we modeled physical systems whose structure built over time and then changed drastically in response to some random external force, such as an additional grain of sand falling onto a sandpile, or a random shock in a system, leading to an earthquake. Following drastic change in the structure of the system, the system organized itself to a state at which it was relatively stable again, at least over a short period of time. Analogies. can easily be drawn between such self-organizing physical systems and biological and ecological systems. But rather than pursue analogies in the context of the sandpile and earthquake models, let us set up a new model that focuses on two features of natural systems that are closely related to self-organized criticality, and essential for the maintenance of order in ecological systems.
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