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Hardcover | Out of Print | 184 pp. | 6 x 9 in | July 1994 | ISBN: 9780262181624
Paperback | $30.00 Short | £22.95 | 184 pp. | 6 x 9 in | January 1997 | ISBN: 9780262680936

Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams

Explorations in Massively Parallel Microworlds

Overview

How does a bird flock keep its movements so graceful and synchronized? Most people assume that the bird in front leads and the others follow. In fact, bird flocks don't have leaders: they are organized without an organizer, coordinated without a coordinator. And a surprising number of other systems, from termite colonies to traffic jams to economic systems, work the same decentralized way. Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams describes innovative new computational tools that can qhelp people (even young children) explore the workings of such systems--and help them move beyond the centralized mindset.

About the Author

Mitchel Resnick, LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research and head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab.

Endorsements

“Mitchel Resnick's book is one of the very few in the field ofcomputing with an interdisciplinary discourse that can reach beyondthe technical community to philsophers, psychologists, and historiansand sociologists of science.”
Sherry Turkle, Professor, Program in Science, Technology, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology