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The physics of foraging : an introduction to random searches and biological encounters

Author: Gandhimohan M Viswanathan; et al
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Do the movements of animals, including humans, follow patterns that can be described quantitatively by simple laws of motion? If so, then why? These questions have attracted the attention of scientists in many disciplines, and stimulated debates ranging from ecological matters to queries such as 'how can there be free will if one follows a law of motion?' This is the first book on this rapidly evolving subject,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gandhimohan M Viswanathan; et al
ISBN: 9781107006799 1107006791
OCLC Number: 770862161
Description: xiii, 164 p. : illustrations
Contents: Machine generated contents note: Part I. Introduction: Movement: 1. Empirical motivation for studying movement; 2. Statistical physics of biological motion; 3. Random walks and Le; vy flights; 4. Wandering albatrosses; Part II. Experimental Findings: 5. Early studies; 6. Evidence of anomalous diffusion; 7. Human dispersal; 8. How strong is the evidence?; Part III. Theory of Foraging: 9. Optimizing encounter rates; 10. Le; vy flight foraging; 11. Other search models; Part IV. Finale: A Broader Context: 12. Superdiffusive random searches; 13. Adaptational versus emergent superdiffusion; 14. Perspectives and open problems; Appendices; References; Index.
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Introducing random searches and foraging in a way that can be understood by readers without a previous background on the subject, this book will interest physicists as well as ecologists. It  Read more...

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'A work rich with examples of the ways in which animals move through their environment in quest of food and prey, with mathematical descriptions of such behavior, including Levy walks, where the Read more...

 
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