By Andrew Adamatzky
The slime mold Physarum polycephalum is a big telephone obvious through the unaided eye. It behaves as an clever nonlinear spatially prolonged lively medium encapsulated in an elastic membrane. The telephone optimises its progress styles in configurations of attractants and repellents. This behaviour is interpreted as computation. a number of prototypes of slime mold desktops have been designed to resolve difficulties of computational geometry, graphs and shipping networks and to enforce common computing circuits.
In this special set of clinical images and micrographs, the best specialists in machine technological know-how, biology, chemistry and fabric technology illustrate in marvelous aspect the character of the slime mildew desktops and hybrid units. each picture or micrograph during this ebook is of actual clinical, theoretical or technological curiosity. each one access features a self-contained description of the way the visualised phenomenon is utilized in the proper slime mildew computer.
This atlas is exclusive in offering the intensity and breadth of data in harnessing behaviour of the slime mold to accomplish computation. it is going to aid readers to appreciate how exploitation of organic strategies has sparked new principles and spurred growth in lots of fields of technological know-how and engineering.