Chapter 11: The Notion of Computation

Section 5: Emulating Other Systems with Cellular Automata

Turing machines [from cellular automata]

Given any Turing machine with rules in the form used on page 888 and k possible colors for each cell, a cellular automaton which emulates it can be constructed using

TMToCA[rules_, k_:2] := Flatten[{Map[g[#, k]&, rules], {_, x_, _} x}]

g[{s_, a_} {sp_, ap_, d_}, k_] := {If[d1, Identity, Reverse][{k s + a, x_, _}] k sp + x, {_, k s + a, _} ap}

If the Turing machine has s states for its head, then the cellular automaton has k (s+1) colors for each cell. An initial condition with a single cell of color k surrounded by 0's corresponds to being in state 1 with a blank tape in the Turing machine.

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From Stephen Wolfram: A New Kind of Science [citation]