# Jane Hawkins’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to Cellular Automata

The Department of Mathematics is proud to announce the release of a new textbook by Professor Emeritus Jane Hawkins, titled *The Mathematics of Cellular Automata*. This comprehensive textbook offers a rigorous mathematical introduction to the fascinating world of cellular automata (CA), blending theoretical depth with engaging, colorful graphics that illustrate the diverse phenomena within this rich field.

*The Mathematics of Cellular Automata* begins with a brief history of CA before establishing the mathematical foundations necessary to explore this dynamic area of study. The first half of the book revisits essentials from advanced calculus, gradually introducing readers to key concepts such as symbolic spaces, equicontinuity, and attractors. More advanced topics include the Garden of Eden theorem, Conway’s Game of Life, and a special chapter on stochastic CA, which features a model of virus spread.

Designed for undergraduate students in mathematics and related fields, the textbook is structured to facilitate both individual learning and classroom instruction. Each chapter concludes with exercises and labs that explore a wide range of applications, both mathematical and physical. Professor Hawkins’ latest work promises to be a vital addition to the literature, offering both rigor and accessibility to those interested in the evolving study of cellular automata.

To read more about *The Mathematics of Cellular Automata*, check out the official AMS Bookstore listing here. Congratulations, Jane!