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Emergence, Complexity and Computation

Advances in Physarum Machines

Sensing and Computing with Slime Mould

Editors: Adamatzky, Andrew (Ed.)

  • A 'bible' of experimental computing with spatially extended living substrates
  • Presents topics of complex systems, emergence, self-organization, mathematical machines in any easily understandable way
  • With contributions from world top experts in applied and computer science, biology, logics and philosophy, nanotechnology
  • Lavishly illustrated
  • With visually attractive examples of slime mould based computing devices
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About this book

This book is devoted to Slime mould Physarum polycephalum, which is a large single cell capable for distributed sensing, concurrent information processing, parallel computation and decentralized actuation. The ease of culturing and experimenting with Physarum makes this slime mould an ideal substrate for real-world implementations of unconventional sensing and computing devices

 

The book is a treatise of theoretical and experimental laboratory studies on sensing and computing properties of slime mould, and on the development of mathematical and logical theories of Physarum behavior.

 

It is shown how to make logical gates and circuits, electronic devices (memristors, diodes, transistors, wires, chemical and tactile sensors) with the slime mould. The book demonstrates how to modify properties of Physarum computing circuits with functional nano-particles and polymers, to interface the slime mould with field-programmable arrays, and to use Physarum as a controller of microbial fuel cells.

 

A unique multi-agent model of slime is shown to serve well as a software slime mould capable for solving problems of computational geometry and graph optimization. The multiagent model is complemented by cellular automata models with parallel accelerations. Presented mathematical models inspired by Physarum include non-quantum implementation of Shor's factorization, structural learning, computation of shortest path tree on dynamic graphs, supply chain network design, p-adic computing and syllogistic reasoning.

 

The book is a unique composition of vibrant and lavishly illustrated essays which will inspire scientists, engineers and artists to exploit natural phenomena in designs of future and emergent computing and sensing devices. It is a 'bible' of experimental computing with spatially extended living substrates, it spanstopics from biology of slime mould, to bio-sensing, to unconventional computing devices and robotics, non-classical logics and music and arts.

 

 

Reviews

“This very, very extensive volume (of over 800 pages) is an excellent introduction to the area, but it is also particularly useful to those both new to the system as well as experienced researchers who wish to understand practical and low-level details from one integrated source rather than searching through many research articles and technical reports.” (Sara Kalvala, Computing Reviews, computingreviews.com, June, 2016)


Table of contents (38 chapters)

  • Biology of the Physarum polycephalum Plasmodium: Preliminaries for Unconventional Computing

    Mayne, Richard

    Pages 3-22

  • Physarum, Quo Vadis?

    Grube, Martin

    Pages 23-35

  • Logical Gates and Circuits Implemented in Slime Mould

    Adamatzky, Andrew (et al.)

    Pages 37-74

  • On the Memristive Properties of Slime Mould

    Gale, Ella (et al.)

    Pages 75-90

  • Physarum in Hybrid Electronic Devices

    Dimonte, Alice (et al.)

    Pages 91-107

Buy this book

eBook $219.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-26662-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $279.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-26661-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $279.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-79992-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Advances in Physarum Machines
Book Subtitle
Sensing and Computing with Slime Mould
Editors
  • Andrew Adamatzky
Series Title
Emergence, Complexity and Computation
Series Volume
21
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-26662-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-26662-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-26661-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-79992-6
Series ISSN
2194-7287
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 839
Number of Illustrations
323 b/w illustrations, 131 illustrations in colour
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