Fine Structure

Conway's Game of Life

Conway's Game of Life is a fascinating look at cellular automata that I suggest to anyone with an interest in, well... cellular automata. Specifically, the "game" is a study in how simple rules can be applied to create complex systems. According to the physics arXiv blog, researchers have created a Game of Life that exists in a series of chemical reactions rather than the typical medium of computer simulations.

If you're interested in this kind of stuff, Stephan Wolfram's A New Kind of Science is filled with cellular automata. It's an absolutely monster of a book at close to 1200 pages, and even though it's fairly cheap at retail (~$40), I've seen it quite often for even cheaper at used book stores. According to reviews, Wolfram essentially invents a bunch of cellular automata theory which already exists and credits himself with the discovery. While that sucks, it would probably be hard to find a more condensed resource on cellular automata than this book.