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Self-Organisation and Evolution of Biological and Social Systems

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C. Weijer, J. L. Deneubourg, Crewe Moritz, J. K. Parrish, S. V. Viscido, C. K. Hemelrijk, B. Thierry, B. de Boer, S. Galam, D. S. Wilson, P. Hogeweg
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  • Date Published: July 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107402560

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  • Although individuals are governed by simple rules, their interactions with each other and their environment leads to complex patterns. This book observes social systems ranging from simple single-celled organisms to very complex ones, such as humans. It examines groups of all sizes, from small as in certain species of primates, to very large as with some species of fish and social insects. Self-organization is widespread throughout the animal kingdom. This book illustrates the numerous aspects that demonstrate social organization, including group formation, task-division, foraging, dominance interactions, infant protection, language and voting.

    • Combination of empirical studies with theoretical models
    • Broad range of species used to describe and demonstrate observed principles and phenomena
    • Broad range of phenomena demonstrates the diversity of self-organisation throughout the animal kingdom
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    • Date Published: July 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107402560
    • length: 206 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. From unicellular to multicellular organisation: the development of the social amoebae Dicyostelium discoideum C. Weijer
    2. Selection and self-organisation of collective decision in social insects: trail, network and migration J. L. Deneubourg
    3. The interplay of intracolonial genotype variance and self-organisation of dominance hierarchies in honeybees Crewe Moritz
    4. Traffic rules of fish schools: a review of agent-based approaches J. K. Parrish and S. V. Viscido
    5. A process-orientated approach to the social behaviour of primates C. K. Hemelrijk
    6. Order and noise in primate societies B. Thierry
    7. Self-organisation in language B. de Boer
    8. Minority opinion spreading in democratic random debate S. Galam
    9. Natural selection and complex systems: a complex interaction D. S. Wilson
    10. Interlocking of self-organisation and evolution P. Hogeweg.

  • Editor

    Charlotte Hemelrijk, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands


    C. Weijer, J. L. Deneubourg, Crewe Moritz, J. K. Parrish, S. V. Viscido, C. K. Hemelrijk, B. Thierry, B. de Boer, S. Galam, D. S. Wilson, P. Hogeweg

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