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Title: Eshel Ben-Jacob: A unique individual in the science of collective phenomena

Abstract: Eshel Ben-Jacob, one of the co-organizers of this meeting on collective behavior and one of the pioneers in the field of collective behavior in biology, passed away suddenly just before we convened. This article presents a brief glimpse of Eshel's life-long path through science, seen from the perspective of a decades long collaboration on many disparate yet ultimately connected topics. The article attempts to convey how the concept of self-organization of complex interacting objects into higher order functional units, as evidenced so wonderfully by Eshel's experiments on bacterial colony formation, provides a unifying theme for the study of collective behavior. Our entire field will miss his unique ability to "let the complex become simple".
Comments: based on a meeting talk in June 2015; published in Landscapes of Collectivity, MIT Press this https URL
Subjects: Other Quantitative Biology (q-bio.OT); Cell Behavior (q-bio.CB)
Cite as: arXiv:1803.06699 [q-bio.OT]
  (or arXiv:1803.06699v1 [q-bio.OT] for this version)

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From: Herbert Levine [view email]
[v1] Sun, 18 Mar 2018 17:30:30 GMT (1106kb)