Furiously Flashing Fireflies: Synchronised Signalling in the Mating Game
- Extra Reading
One of the most spectacular displays in the whole of nature occurs in South-East Asia, where huge swarms of fireflies flash in synchrony. Why do the flashes synchronise? This question is answered by introducing a mathematical model of how fireflies respondto each others’ signals. This lecture discusses this application of mathematics to biology, and related ones, in non-technical terms.
This event was on Wed, 07 Feb 1996
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