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Physarum Machines: Computers from Slime Mould
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher World Scientific Pub Co Inc
Publication date August 30, 2010
Pages 266
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9789814327589
ISBN-10 9814327581
Dimensions 0.75 by 6.25 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.20 lbs.
Original list price $104.00
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: A Physarum machine is a programmable amorphous biological computer experimentally implemented in the vegetative state of true slime mould Physarum polycephalum. It comprises an amorphous yellowish mass with networks of protoplasmic veins, programmed by spatial configurations of attracting and repelling gradients.

This book demonstrates how to create experimental Physarum machines for computational geometry and optimization, distributed manipulation and transportation, and general-purpose computation. Being very cheap to make and easy to maintain, the machine also functions on a wide range of substrates and in a broad scope of environmental conditions. As such a Physarum machine is a green and environmentally friendly unconventional computer.

The book is readily accessible to a nonprofessional reader, and is a priceless source of experimental tips and inventive theoretical ideas for anyone who is inspired by novel and emerging non-silicon computers and robots.

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With Leon O. Chua (other contributor) | from World Scientific Pub Co Inc (August 30, 2010)
9789814327589 | details & prices | 266 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 0.75 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $104.00
About: A Physarum machine is a programmable amorphous biological computer experimentally implemented in the vegetative state of true slime mould Physarum polycephalum.

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