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Ant Encounters: Interaction Networks and Colony Behavior

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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 re ...more
Paperback, 167 pages
Published April 21st 2010 by Princeton University Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jake
Jun 18, 2016 Jake rated it it was amazing
“The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh enrichment.” ~ Johannes Kepler

This is the first book that I immediately began rereading as soon as I finished it. At first approach to this book I had the opinion that the networks that ants live in resembled something like spontaneous order. This would seem to be a simplification on my part, at least in my opinion. I don’t r
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Aakash
Feb 02, 2012 Aakash rated it it was amazing
An extremely lucid elaboration about the marvels of ant behaviour. Professor Gordan brilliantly explains the nuances of ant behaviour with a complex systems perspective and she does it with extraordinary simplicity. The book will both remove a lot of precocieved notions about ants as portrayed in popular culture as well as fill the reader with a very sound introductory knowledge base about the intricacies of the marvel that these small creatures are.
Jace Porter
Jul 14, 2015 Jace Porter rated it liked it
Very interesting book. I learned a lot about ants, both as individuals and as a colony. My only issue is the very repetitive nature of the book. 4 pages would explain a scenario multiple times that was sufficiently explained in one paragraph. All in all though, if you're interested in ants or insect colonies, I'd suggest giving this a read.
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Jul 03, 2015 Dylan rated it really liked it
I now enjoy watching ants, and can entertain myself in nearly any outdoor location by observing them. This book provides a portal into the ant world, giving us enough information to make it interesting, and outlining a few of many mysteries that remain.
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