From a description of one of the simplest models of computation
(deterministic finite automata), a complex dynamical system is formed.
Known as a cellular automaton, it has been proved that these systems
can harbor the conditions necessary for universal computation. An
exploration is made into the dynamics of cellular automata in order to
answer the question: is there a deep connection between the theories
of dynamical systems and computation? Is there an analog for the
notion of universal computation in dynamical systems theory? The
thermodynamic notion of a phase-transition is proposed as the model in
which computation and dynamics commingle. Christopher Langton's
thesis, Chaos at the Edge of Computation, represents the
culmination of the ideas presented within.

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