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From slime molds to soft deformable robots

Akio Ishiguro and Takuya Umedachi

in Living machines: A handbook of research in biomimetics and biohybrid systems

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199674923
eISBN:
9780191842702
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199674923.003.0040
Subject:
Neuroscience, Sensory and Motor Systems, Development

An autonomous decentralized control mechanism, where the coordination of simple individual components yields non-trivial macroscopic behavior or functionalities, is a key to understanding how animals ... More


Life Under the Sun

Peter A. Ensminger

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300088045
eISBN:
9780300133523
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300088045.001.0001
Subject:
Environmental Science, Climate

Which fungus is as sensitive to light as the human eye? What are the myths and facts about the ozone hole, tanning, skin cancer, and sunscreens? What effect does light have on butterfly copulation? ... More


Brains and nerve cells are not necessary for intelligent behaviour

Anthony Trewavas

in Plant Behaviour and Intelligence

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199539543
eISBN:
9780191788291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199539543.003.0020
Subject:
Biology, Plant Sciences and Forestry

The notion that brains and nervous systems are necessary for intelligence is dubbed brain chauvinism. Organisms cannot rely alone on simple reflexes in complex environments; there is insufficient ... More


Is the whole universe a computer?

Jack Copeland and Mark Sprevak

in The Turing Guide

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780198747826
eISBN:
9780191916946
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198747826.003.0054
Subject:
Computer Science, History of Computer Science

The theory that the whole universe is a computer is a bold and striking one. It is a theory of everything: the entire universe is to be understood, ... More


Biological Oscillators

Irving R. Epstein and John A. Pojman

in An Introduction to Nonlinear Chemical Dynamics: Oscillations, Waves, Patterns, and Chaos

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195096705
eISBN:
9780197560815
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195096705.003.0019
Subject:
Chemistry, Physical Chemistry

Including a chapter on biological oscillators was not an easy decision. In one sense, no book on nonlinear chemical dynamics would be complete without such ... More


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