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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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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!