O.A. Bogatyreva, A.E. Shillerov,
About this book
This book is the result of more than 20 years of experimental study of individual behaviour of ants in their natural environment. Have you ever thought that millions of years of evolution can happen in a week time? Ants can do this due to their amazing behavioural plasticity. You will be surprised that ants are personalities, they work in teams, have leaders and enjoy weekends off. They are able to take creative decisions and adjust colony management style to environmental changes. Ants "know" the secrets of survival in social and ecological catastrophes that makes their societies potentially immortal. This is what we want to achieve in business management, do we? Fundamental natural laws for business management crown this book and provide the bridge between people and nature.
Digital drawings for
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Global information as mental image (top-down) and local information as a result of local action (bottom-up)
Inventive challenge for ants: to think one step ahead and expect
Two genius ants show cooperation, inventive thinking, operating with a tool and moreover... "knowing" and using basic physics: creating a lever for lifting the branch.
The work process: the first person (in the front) follows an ant and tells what an ant does and what direction goes. Observation starts when an ant exits the nest. Other person writes down the sequence of action and records the time interval for each behavioural pattern using a stop watch. And the third person draws the trajectory of an ant listening to what the first person says.
"Moving the house": colony management in critical situation. Ants appear in completely new environment and need to investigate it, establish reference points and reorganise foraging activity accordingly.
SCIENTIFIC CONSULTANTS: Byvaltsev A.M., Ivanov S.P., Kostyunin A.E., Levchenko T.V., Makarov K.V., Malikova E.I., Sobolev N.A., Fateryga A.V.