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Ant encounters : interaction networks and colony behavior

Author: Deborah Gordon
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2010.
Series: Primers in complex systems.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"How do ant colonies get anything done, when no one is in charge? An ant colony operates without a central control or hierarchy, and no ant directs another. Instead, ants decide what to do based on the rate, rhythm, and pattern of individual encounters and interactions - resulting in a dynamic network that coordinates the functions of the colony, Ant Encounters provides a revealing and accessible look into ant  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Deborah Gordon
ISBN: 9780691138794 0691138796
OCLC Number: 433548903
Awards: Runner-up for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2010.
Description: viii, 167 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: The ant colony as a complex system --
Colony organization --
Interaction networks --
Colony size --
Relations with neighbors --
Ant evolution --
Modeling ant behavior.
Series Title: Primers in complex systems.
Responsibility: Deborah M. Gordon.

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An ant colony operates without a central control or hierarchy, and no ant directs another. Focusing on the moment-to-moment behavior of ant colonies, this book investigates the role of interaction  Read more...

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