Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams

Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams

Explorations in Massively Parallel Microworlds

eBook - 1994
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MIT Press

How does a bird flock keep its movements so graceful and synchronized? Most people assume that the bird in front leads and the others follow. In fact, bird flocks don't have leaders: they are organized without an organizer, coordinated without a coordinator. And a surprising number of other systems, from termite colonies to traffic jams to economic systems, work the same decentralized way.Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams describes innovative new computational tools that can qhelp people (even young children) explore the workings of such systems--and help them move beyond the centralized mindset.



Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©1994
ISBN: 9780262181624
0262181622
9780585025858
0585025851
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xviii, 163 pages) : illustrations

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