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Cooked up by chef David Griffeath, mathematics professor at the University of Wisconsin, Primordial Soup Kitchen is a repository for information about "self-organization of random cellular automata," via "computer graphics and animations that illustrate the ability of local parallel update rules to generate spatial structure from disordered initial states." Click on Intro or the spiral from the home page to see the organization of the site, which is made up mainly of "soups" (256-color .gifs), and "recipes," (the soup's update rule along with other information on how it was created). The Java-based CAffeine page offers interactive cellular automata animations. The Kitchen Sink points to other CA pages, and, in keeping with its culinary theme, the Chef's page contains information about the cook, as well as over 30 food recipes. This is an example of complex and esoteric material, presented in a lighthearted and appetizing way.
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Alternate Title Primordial Soup Kitchen: Self-organization of Random Cellular Automata
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Date Issued 1997
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Date of Scout Publication 1997-06-13
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/1997/0613

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