Perfect Swarm The Science of Complexity in Everyday Life

ISBN-10: 0465020240
ISBN-13: 9780465020249
Edition: N/A
Authors: Len Fisher
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Book details

List price: $14.99
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 3/8/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.814

The process of "self-organization" reveals itself in the inanimate worlds of crystals and seashells, but, as Len Fisher shows, it is also evident in living organisms, from fish to ants to human beings. Understanding the "swarm intelligence" inherent in groups can help us do everything from throw a better party to start a fad to make our interactions with others more powerful. Humorous and enlightening, The Perfect Swarmdemonstrates how complexity arises from nature's simple rules and how we can use their awesome power to untangle the frustrating complexities of life in our ever more chaotic world.

Patterns of the Perfect Swarm: Visions of Complexity in Nature
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Emergence of Swarm Intelligence
The Locusts and the Bees
Ant Logic
A Force in a Crowd
Group Intelligence: The Majority or the Average?
Consensus: A Foolish Consistency?
Crazes, Contagion, and Communication: The Science of Networks
Decision Rules OK?
Searching for Patterns: Imagination and Reality
Simple Rules for Complex Situations
Notes
Index

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