The Resource Self-organization in biological systems, Scott Camazine [and others] ; original line drawings by William Ristine and Mary Ellen Didion ; StarLogo programming by William Thies

Self-organization in biological systems, Scott Camazine [and others] ; original line drawings by William Ristine and Mary Ellen Didion ; StarLogo programming by William Thies

Label
Self-organization in biological systems
Title
Self-organization in biological systems
Statement of responsibility
Scott Camazine [and others] ; original line drawings by William Ristine and Mary Ellen Didion ; StarLogo programming by William Thies
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The synchronized flashing of fireflies at night. The spiraling patterns of an aggregating slime mold. The anastomosing network of army-ant trails. The coordinated movements of a school of fish. Researchers are finding in such patterns--phenomena that have fascinated naturalists for centuries--a fertile new approach to understanding biological systems: the study of self-organization. This book, a primer on self-organization in biological systems for students and other enthusiasts, introduces readers to the basic concepts and tools for studying self-organization and then examines numerous examples of self-organization in the natural world. Self-organization refers to diverse pattern formation processes in the physical and biological world, from sand grains assembling into rippled dunes to cells combining to create highly structured tissues to individual insects working to create sophisticated societies. What these diverse systems hold in common is the proximate means by which they acquire order and structure. In self-organizing systems, pattern at the global level emerges solely from interactions among lower-level components. Remarkably, even very complex structures result from the iteration of surprisingly simple behaviors performed by individuals relying on only local information. This striking conclusion suggests important lines of inquiry: To what degree is environmental rather than individual complexity responsible for group complexity? To what extent have widely differing organisms adopted similar, convergent strategies of pattern formation? How, specifically, has natural selection determined the rules governing interactions within biological systems? Broad in scope, thorough yet accessible, this book is a self-contained introduction to self-organization and complexity in biology--a field of study at the forefront of life sciences research
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Cataloging source
DLC
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
QH313
LC item number
.S477 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Camazine, Scott
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Biological systems
  • Self-organizing systems
  • Systèmes biologiques
  • Systèmes auto-organisés
  • Biological systems
  • Self-organizing systems
  • Zelforganiserende systemen
  • Biologie
  • BIOLOGIA
  • Biologisches System
  • Selbstorganisation
Label
Self-organization in biological systems, Scott Camazine [and others] ; original line drawings by William Ristine and Mary Ellen Didion ; StarLogo programming by William Thies
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [497]-524) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 538 pages, 8 pages of plates
Isbn
9780691012117
Lccn
00045329
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)44876868
  • (OCoLC)ocm44876868
Label
Self-organization in biological systems, Scott Camazine [and others] ; original line drawings by William Ristine and Mary Ellen Didion ; StarLogo programming by William Thies
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [497]-524) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 538 pages, 8 pages of plates
Isbn
9780691012117
Lccn
00045329
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)44876868
  • (OCoLC)ocm44876868

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