Oak Ridge National Laboratory


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Media Contact: Fred Strohl (strohlhf@ornl.gov)
Communications and External Relations


Researcher writes book on cooperative behavior in biological systems

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., June 12, 1997 — Emerging trends in self-organizing processes and the latest findings on cooperative behavior are a few topics unveiled in a new book entitled Adaptive Cooperative Systems by Martin Beckerman, a researcher in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

Beckerman writes about the advancements in the understanding of self-organizing systems that have occurred in the last decade which have led to many technological breakthroughs. The book provides researchers with the first comprehensive, fully integrated, multi-disciplinary treatment of the current and emerging trends in self-organizing processes.

Beckerman has held positions as a research associate professor at the University of Tennessee; research scientist and principal investigator at the Laboratory for Nuclear Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; postdoctoral fellow, University of Rochester; and institute fellow, Weizmann Institute of Science.

Beckerman received his doctorate in theoretical physics in 1970 at the University of Miami, and his bachelor's and master's degrees in physics and mathematics in 1964 and 1966 respectively, at the University of Florida.

Beckerman and his wife, Barbara, live in Oak Ridge. Their daughter, Elana, lives in New Jersey.

ORNL, one of DOE's multiprogram national research and development facilities, is managed by Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation.