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The process of "self-organization" reveals itself in the inanimate worlds of crystals and seashells, but, as Len Fisher shows, it is also evident in living organisms, from fish to ants to human beings. Understanding the "swarm intelligence" inherent in groups can help us do everything from throw a better party to start a fad to make our interactions with others more powerful. Humorous and enlightening, The Perfect Swarm demonstrates how complexity arises from nature's simple rules and how we can use their awesome power to untangle the frustrating complexities of life in our ever more chaotic world.


The IgNobel Prize-winner and author of Rock, Paper, Scissors applies science-based solutions to seemingly complex problems in life.

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Len Fisher, Ph.D., is author of Rock, Paper, Scissors; Weighing the Soul; and How to Dunk a Doughnut, which was named Best Popular Science Book of the Year by the American Institute of Physics. He lives in Wiltshire, England, and Blackheath, Australia.

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Robert Hurtig, October 11, 2011 (view all comments by Robert Hurtig)
A good general introduction to swarm theory. It goes in-depth enough to get and keep the reader interested, while staying in the shallow end for those of us who pick it up on a whim without the proper background for a complex study. I found the topic to be interesting, and it explains multiple types of swarms, how they interact and how it's applicable to the real world. For instance, ant colonies being able to find the shortest route to a food source, or fish and their ability to form schools that flow through water without running into each other.

The author does a good job of keeping the reader entertained and doesn't come across as a monotone professor. Overall I say pick it up and give it a read, it's worth your time.
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Fisher, Len
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Chaotic Behavior in Systems
Mathematics-Popular Chaos and Fractals
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