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The Astonishing Algorithms That Allow Animals to Navigate & Migrate

An algorithm is a step-by-step procedure to perform a specific task. We usually think of algorithms as being performed by computers. Did you know that animals have built-in algorithms of their own? Some of these amazing algorithms allow animals to migrate to new places and navigate back to previous locations. Eric Cassell discusses his new book, Animal Algorithms, with Robert J. Marks.

Show Notes

  • 01:21 | Introducing Eric Cassell
  • 03:11 | Eric’s Interest in Animal Algorithms
  • 05:45 | The Magnetic Compass
  • 12:39 | Other Navigational Cues
  • 17:31 | Sun Polarization
  • 20:26 | The Engineering of Navigational Cues
  • 22:32 | Path Integration
  • 24:37 | Aircraft Navigation and Animal Algorithms
  • 29:44 | Algorithms and Evolution

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The Astonishing Algorithms That Allow Animals to Navigate & Migrate