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The Perfect Swarm: The Science of Complexity in Everyday Life by Len Fisher

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Introduction
Shortly after Star Wars hit box office records, a group of ninety-seven locusts sat down to watch the film. They didn’t have much choice in the matter; they were strapped in place with their heads firmly clamped while experimenters monitored spikes of electrical activity in their brains as they reacted to the fleets of spaceships zooming at them from either side.
The scientists were trying to work out how locusts in a dense swarm manage to avoid colliding with each other. Studies on this aspect of swarm behavior have provided valuable information about our behavior in the human swarm, from working our way through crowds to the design of collision avoidance systems for cars. There are many other lessons that we can also learn from ...

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