Consider Its Ways and Be Wise: What the Physicist Said to the Ant

Outsiders in Science, fourth season of the series "Talking about Science in the Twenty-First Century"

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Wednesday | 01.13.21 | 07:00 pm

Consider Its Ways and Be Wise: What the Physicist Said to the Ant

A meeting with Prof. Ofer Feinerman |

Moderated by Prof. Oren Harman

It’s not always possible to understand the whole on the basis of its parts. For example, sea water is wet, but there is nothing wet in a single molecule of water. Like materials, an ant colony will remain an enigma if we study only the behavior of each of the ants that compose it. In a conversation with physicist Porf. Ofer Feinerman we will learn how tools from the world of physics that help us understand matter can also explain characteristics of an entire ant colony such as cooperation and even altruism.

Participants

Prof. Ofer Feinerman, Weizmann Institute of Science
Prof. Oren Harman, Bar-Ilan University; The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

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