The Smart Swarm

The Smart Swarm

How to Work Efficiently, Communicate Effectively, and Make Better Decisions Usin g the Secrets of Flocks, Schools, and Colonies

Format
Paperback
Price
$16.00
 
Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9781583334287
  • 304 Pages
  • Avery
  • 18 and up

Overview

What ants, bees, fish, and smart swarms can teach about communication, organization, and decision-making.

The modern world may be obsessed with speed and productivity, but twenty-first-century humans actually have much to learn from the ancient instincts of swarmers. A fascinating new take on collective intelligence and its colorful manifestations in some of our most complex problems, The Smart Swarm introduces a compelling new understanding on solving our own problems relating to such topics as business, politics, and technology.

This lively tour from National Geographic reporter Peter Miller introduces ant colonies that have been the inspiration for streamlining factory processes, telephone networks, and truck routes; termites, used in studies for climate-control solutions; schools of fish, on which the U.S. military modeled a team of robots; and many other examples of the wisdom to be gleaned about the behavior of crowds.

Praise

“I loved The Smart Swarm. It’s been a while since I was this stimulated by a book, or saw so many practical applications. And what a great read.”
-Don Tapscott, author of Wikinomics

“With an eye for detail and an easy style, Peter Miller explains why swarm intelligence has scientists buzzing.”
-Steven Strogatz, author of Sync, and Professor of Mathematics, Cornell University

“Most people can’t fathom that ants, bees, and other social insects have found solutions to some of modern society’s most vexing problems. In The Smart Swarm, Peter Miller offers a fascinating and articulate tour of what these creatures can do, how they do it, and the lessons for humans. This book is a gem, with a message that is as extraordinarily counter intuitive as it is valuable.”
-Michael J. Mauboussin, Chief Investment Strategist at Legg Mason Capital Management and author of Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition

“[Peter Miller] has proven that there is intelligent life on earth, but it is not necessarily us. What a delightful, eye-opening book.”
-Martin Cruz Smith, author of Gorky Park and Stalin’s Ghost
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