Dance of the Honeybees: By pairing the sun’s direction with the flow of gravity, honeybees explain the distant locations of food by dancing, essentially using 2D representations of 6D shapes as guides
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- The Waggle Dance of the Honeybee
- Georgia Tech College of Computing
- Feb 3 2011
I’m fascinated by the amount of important information bees are able to encode in a dance of all things, and it's inspired me to find other parallels for succinct and dense encoding formats for complex types of information. I’m also intrigued by this subject because of its (perhaps coincidental) intersection with quantum mechanics. Here’s some context for the last part of the title that mentions 2D and 6D shapes, although it’s old and not much further research has been done on that aspect of their dance.