New PDF release: Ant Encounters: Interaction Networks and Colony Behavior

By Deborah M. Gordon

How do ant colonies get something performed, while not anyone is liable? An ant colony operates with out a significant regulate or hierarchy, and no ant directs one other. in its place, ants come to a decision what to do in response to the speed, rhythm, and trend of person encounters and interactions--resulting in a dynamic community that coordinates the services of the colony. Ant Encounters offers a revealing and available check out ant habit from this complicated platforms perspective.

targeting the moment-to-moment habit of ant colonies, Deborah Gordon investigates the position of interplay networks in regulating colony habit and kinfolk between ant colonies. She indicates how ant habit inside and among colonies arises from neighborhood interactions of people, and the way interplay networks advance as a colony grows older and bigger. The extra swiftly ants react to their encounters, the extra sensitively the whole colony responds to altering stipulations. Gordon explores no matter if such reactive networks aid a colony to outlive and reproduce, how typical choice shapes colony networks, and the way those constructions examine to different analogous advanced systems.

Ant Encounters sheds mild at the organizational habit, ecology, and evolution of those assorted and ubiquitous social insects.

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