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The Game of Life is one of the most famous formal systems ever devised, by the mathematician John Conway. We'll be seeing it again later in the semester when we read Ellen Ullman's novel The Bug.
You can read all about it by following the link. Play the Game of Life by clicking the button in the top right-hand corner, drawing a starting pattern with your mouse, and then clicking Go. Try zooming out to see how your system proliferates.