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Self-Organization in Biological Systems

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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-org ...more
Paperback, 562 pages
Published September 17th 2003 by Princeton University Press (first published April 1st 2001)
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Jennifer Wang
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book is fairly introductory and doesn't really get to the point. The authors dabble in both observation and quantitative modeling but did not make a strong case for any interesting ideas. It reads more like a book on evolutional biology than an analytical text of synthesis for findings from various fields of science. Alan Turing would have written a much more interesting book on this subject. Alas!
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