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The buzz about bees

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This book, already translated into ten languages, may at first sight appear to be just about honeybees and their biology. It contains, however, a number of deeper messages related to some of the most basic and important principles of modern biology. Te bees are merely the actors that take us into the realm of physiology, genetics, reproduction, biophysics and learning, and that introduce us to the principles of natural selection underlying the evolution of simple to complex life forms. Te book destroys the cute notion of bees as anthropomorphic icons of busy self-sacrificing individuals and presents us with the reality of the colony as an integrated and independent being-a "superorganism"-with its own, almost eerie, emergent group intelligence. We are surprised to learn that no single bee, from queen through drone to sterile worker, has the oversight or control over the colony. - stead, through a network of integrated control systems and fee- backs, and communication between individuals, the colony - rives at consensus decisions from the bottom up through a type of "swarm intelligence". Indeed, there are remarkable parallels between the functional organisation of a swarming honeybee colony and vertebrate brains.

Item details

Author(s):
Jurgen Tautz
Condition:
As new
Dimensions:
235x155x19
EAN-13:
9783540787273
Edition:
1st ed. 2008. Corr. 2nd printing 2009
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-13:
9783540787273
Number of items:
1
Number of pages:
284
Publisher:
Springer Berlin Heidelberg

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This book, already translated into ten languages, may at first sight appear to be just about honeybees and their biology. It contains, however, a number of deeper messages related to some of the most basic and important principles of modern biology. Te bees are merely the actors that take us into the realm of physiology, genetics, reproduction, biophysics and learning, and that introduce us to the principles of natural selection underlying the evolution of simple to complex life forms. Te book destroys the cute notion of bees as anthropomorphic icons of busy self-sacrificing individuals and presents us with the reality of the colony as an integrated and independent being-a "superorganism"-with its own, almost eerie, emergent group intelligence. We are surprised to learn that no single bee, from queen through drone to sterile worker, has the oversight or control over the colony. - stead, through a network of integrated control systems and fee- backs, and communication between individuals, the colony - rives at consensus decisions from the bottom up through a type of "swarm intelligence". Indeed, there are remarkable parallels between the functional organisation of a swarming honeybee colony and vertebrate brains.

Author(s):
Jurgen Tautz
Condition:
As new
Dimensions:
235x155x19
EAN-13:
9783540787273
Edition:
1st ed. 2008. Corr. 2nd printing 2009
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-13:
9783540787273
Number of items:
1
Number of pages:
284
Publisher:
Springer Berlin Heidelberg

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