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The Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction is a spatio-temporal chemical oscillator which can be simulated by means of a cellular automaton. In the 1950s A. M. Zhabotinsky (extending the work of B. P. Belousov) discovered that when a thin, homogeneous layer of a mixture of malonic acid, acidified bromate, and a ceric salt were mixed together and left undisturbed, fascinating geometric patterns such as concentric circles and spirals propagate across the medium. In the "Computer Recreations" section of the August 1988 issue of Scientific American, A. K. Dewdney discussed a cellular automaton which was developed by Martin Gerhardt and Heike Schuster of the University of Bielefeld (West Germany). This automaton produces wave patterns resembling those in the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction.
- A. K. Dewdney, The hodgepodge machine makes waves, Scientific American, p. 104, August 1988.
- M. Gerhardt and H. Schuster, A cellular automaton describing the formation of spatially ordered structures in chemical systems, Physica D 36, 209-221, 1989.