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The Mind of the Swarm

Math explains how group behavior is more than the sum of its parts

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10:40am, November 20, 2006

Few people can fail to marvel at a flock of birds swooping through the evening sky, homing in with certainty on its chosen resting place. The natural world abounds with other spectacular examples of animals moving in concert: a school of fish making a hairpin turn, an ant colony building giant highways, or locusts marching across the plains.

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