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Self-organization in biological systems

Author: Scott Camazine
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, 2003.
Series: Princeton studies in complexity.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Biological structures built through mechanisms involving self-organization are examined in this text. Examples of such structures are termite mounds, which provide their inhabitants with a secure & stable environment. The text looks at why & how self-organization occurs in nature.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Scott Camazine
ISBN: 0691116245 9780691116242
OCLC Number: 52531846
Notes: Originally published: 2001.
Awards: Winner of AAP/Professional and Scholarly Publishing Awards: Biological Science 2001
Short-listed for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2002
Description: viii, 538 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: What is self-organization? --
How self-organization works --
Characteristics of self-organizing systems --
Alternatives to self-organization --
Why self-organization? --
Investigation of self-organization --
Misconceptions about self-organization --
Pattern formation in slime molds and bacteria --
Feeding aggregations of bark beetles --
Synchronized flashing among fireflies --
Fish schooling --
Nectar source selection by honey bees --
Trail formation in ants --
The swarm raids of army ants --
Colony thermoregulation in honey bees --
Comb patterns in honey bee colonies --
Wall building by ants --
Termite mound building --
Construction algorithms in wasps --
Dominance hierarchies in paper wasps --
Lessons, speculations, and the future of self-organization.
Series Title: Princeton studies in complexity.
Responsibility: Scott Camazine [and others] ; original line drawings by William Ristine and Mary Ellen Didion ; starlogo programming by William Thies.

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