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Forbes, Nancy

Works: 6 works in 31 publications in 2 languages and 3,273 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Author
Classifications: QC16.F2, 537
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Most widely held works by Nancy Forbes
Imitation of life : how biology is inspiring computing by Nancy Forbes( )

18 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 2,364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As computers and the tasks they perform become increasingly complex, researchers are looking to nature -- as model and as metaphor -- for inspiration. The organization and behavior of biological organisms present scientists with an invitation to reinvent computing for the complex tasks of the future. In Imitation of Life, Nancy Forbes surveys the emerging field of biologically inspired computing, looking at some of the most impressive and influential examples of this fertile synergy. Forbes points out that the influence of biology on computing goes back to the early days of computer science -- John von Neumann, the architect of the first digital computer, used the human brain as the model for his design. Inspired by von Neumann and other early visionaries, as well as by her work on the "Ultrascale Computing" project at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Forbes describes the exciting potential of these revolutionary new technologies. She identifies three strains of biologically inspired computing: the use of biology as a metaphor or inspiration for the development of algorithms; the construction of information processing systems that use biological materials or are modeled on biological processes, or both; and the effort to understand how biological organisms "compute," or process information. Forbes then shows us how current researchers are using these approaches. In successive chapters, she looks at artificial neural networks; evolutionary and genetic algorithms, which search for the "fittest" among a generation of solutions; cellular automata; artificial life -- not just a simulation, but "alive" in the internal ecosystem of the computer; DNA computation, which uses the encoding capability of DNA to devise algorithms; self-assembly and its potential use in nanotechnology; amorphous computing, modeled on the kind of cooperation seen in a colony of cells or a swarm of bees; computer immune systems; bio-hardware and how bioelectronics compares to silicon; and the "computational" properties of cells. How scientists are using nature as model and metaphor to reinvent computing: a survey of an emerging field
Faraday, Maxwell, and the electromagnetic field : how two men revolutionized physics by Nancy Forbes( Book )

9 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 906 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From modern-day conveniences such as wireless communication to the most groundbreaking scientific theories, much of what we take for granted today depends on our understanding of the electromagnetic field--the discovery of which rests on the shoulders of two of history's most brilliant scientists, Michael Faraday (1791-1867) and James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879). Faraday and Maxwell's combined work to unravel the mysteries of this new, more accurate conception of reality resulted in the creation of field theory, which turned the prevailing Newtonian perception of how the universe works on its head. Faraday overcame class prejudice and a lack of training to become renowned for his acute powers of experimental observation, technological skills, and prodigious scientific imagination. Maxwell was a well-educated genius physicist; he made a number of groundbreaking discoveries in various disciplines. Their collaborative work unified electricity, magnetism, and light under the concept of field theory, on which much of twentieth-century physics, and modern technology, depend. Here, two veteran science writers explore the lives and discoveries of Faraday and Maxwell to paint riveting portraits of two men who altered the course of history.--From publisher description
Current trends in administrative law, September 21, 2004( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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1 edition published in 2015 in Korean and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Courageous butterfly : a journey to self-acceptance - a message of hope, love and courage by Nancy Forbes( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

[The relationship between the structural design of the ballet pointe shoe and its biomechanical requirements by Nancy Forbes( Book )

1 edition published in 1970 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Imitation of life : how biology is inspiring computing
Alternative Names
포브스, 낸시

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