Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (16)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Basically, I pick a book I'm excited about that's coming out sometime soon.

This week's pick is one that is coming out SUPER soon. It's also different from the kind of book I normally read, and yet when I saw it, I knew immediately that I HAD to read it. It just looks so interesting!

The Smart Swarm by Peter Miller

Publisher: Avery
Publishing Date: August 5, 2010

Summary:What ants, bees, fish, and smart swarms can teach us 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 swarms. A fascinating new take on the concept of collective intelligence and its colorful manifestations in some of our most complex problems, The Smart Swarm introduces a compelling new understanding of the real experts on solving our own complex problems relating to such topics as business, politics, and technology.

Based on extensive globe-trotting research, this lively tour from National Geographic reporter Peter Miller introduces thriving throngs of ant colonies, which have inspired computer programs for streamlining factory processes, telephone networks, and truck routes; termites, used in recent 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-among critters and corporations alike.

In the tradition of James Surowiecki's The Wisdom of Crowds and the innovative works of Malcolm Gladwell, The Smart Swarm is an entertaining yet enlightening look at small-scale phenomena with big implications for us all.

Doesn't that sound SOOOOO cool?


Tales of Whimsy said...

Sounds brilliant!

Here is my WOW

Blodeuedd said...

Ok this has nothing to do with this book, but it still made me think of The Swarm by Frank Sch├Ątzing, I think you would like it if you haven't read it :)

Liz @ Cleverly Inked said...

Hmm..It does sound interesting.

corporate housing said...

What are the chords for lisa loeb's waiting for wednesday? i've looked for it on all guitar tabs websites?

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