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June 1970 (vol. 19 no. 6)
pp. 563-564
H. Yamada, The Moore School of Elec. Engrg. University of Pennsylvania
The late John von Neumann took an interest in a mechanical modeling of self-reproducing phenomena of living things, which are far more complex and purposeful than a mere regeneration of a facsimile of the structures found, for example, in the growth of a crystal in a solution of the constituent substance. After some initial work with some kinematic models of such phenomena, he found a two-dimensional array of identical finite-state machines to be a convenient medium in which to study self- reproducing phenomena represented as the successive state distributions of finite state machines[1].
Citation:
H. Yamada, "R70-11 Representation of Events in the von Neumann Cellular Model," IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 563-564, June 1970, doi:10.1109/T-C.1970.222982
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