Friday, December 28, 2007

Spontaneous Synchronization - Part 1

From a paper by S.H. Strogatz: "In the animal world, groups of Southeast Asian fireflies provide a spectacular example of synchronization. Along the tidal rivers of Malaysia, Thailand and New Guinea, thousands of fireflies congregate in trees at night and flash on and off in unison. When they first arrive, their flickerings are uncoordinated. But as the night goes on, they build up the rhythm until eventually whole treefuls pulsate in silent concert."

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