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The Rules of the Flock: Self-Organization and Swarm Structure in Animal Societies

Helmut Satz


Flocks of birds, schools of fish and swarms of locusts display amazing forms of collective motion, while huge numbers of glow worms can emit light signals with almost unbelievable synchronization. These and many other collective phenomena in animal societies take place according to laws very similar to those governing the collective behavior in inanimate nature, such as the magnetization of iron and light radiation of lasers. During recent years, this has led to the study of swarm behavior as a challenging new field of science, in which ideas from the physical world are applied in order to und ... More

Keywords: Swarm coordination, mathematical swarm models, emergent behavior, flock structure, insect caste structure, insect communication, animal orientation, bird aviation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198853398
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198853398.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helmut Satz, author
Professor of Physics, University of Bielefeld