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The Perfect Swarm by Len Fisher
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Feb 08, 12

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Recommended to Riku by: Tarun Tripathy
Read from January 27 to February 08, 2012

Till the eighth chapter, the characteristically real-life examples add to the effortless simplicity in explanation of the outlandish concepts to make it a joy to read. The book construction is much the same as in Rock, Paper, Scissors and borrow heavily from other famous works. But the long 8th and 9th chapters on heuristics and the tedious chapter summaries seem like a page-filling exercise as Fisher has nothing more to say about the topic and considers 250 pages a minimum requirement for a book.

The opening chapters about swarm intelligence in locusts, bees and birds are amazing and opens a window of wonder into this beautiful science. The applications to human crowds and networks and to computer systems are also wonderfully executed. Fisher borrows extensively from Malcolm Gladwell and then disses him in the Notes section of the book - I wonder why. He does the same to Avinash K Dixit in Rock, Paper, Scissors: Game Theory in Everyday Life.
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01/29/2012 page 111
39.0% "the wonderful examples add to the effortless simplicity in explanation of such outlandish concepts to make it a joy to read."
02/06/2012 page 158
55.0% "Fisher has veered off topic and into the fringes of game theory for almost 40 pages now.. please get back to chaos theory and swarm mechanics..."

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