Summary of The Perfect Swarm

The Science of Complexity in Everyday Life

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The Perfect Swarm book summary
One of us is never as smart as all of us.


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As its title suggests, this lively book often makes its points with humor and wit. Physicist and author Len Fisher draws on laboratory experiments, observations of the natural world, well-known historical events, contemporary cases and examples from his own life, making a complex subject accessible. His book covers some ground that will be familiar from other books on group intelligence, collaboration and the wisdom of crowds, but the material on “swarm intelligence” is new. Fisher’s numerous examples from all facets of nature provide highly fascinating case studies of group behavior. getAbstract recommends this book to professionals in marketing and strategy, and to trainers and readers who are interested in new ways of thinking.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How “self-organizing systems” emerge
  • How these groups behave
  • How groups reach consensus and make decisions


The “Science of Complexity”
Have you ever watched a swarm of insects and wondered why the individual flies do not collide? They avoid one another and work better together than they could alone because they follow certain rules. The science of complexity studies these rules, analyzing the...
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About the Author

Len Fisher, Ph.D., wrote How to Dunk a Doughnut, Weighing the Soul and Rock, Paper, Scissors. He is a visiting fellow of physics at the University of Bristol.

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