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p. 625. Biological waveslocked

  • Mike Goldsmith


There are many instances when the application of simple wave theory can lead to powerful insights and testable predictions. ‘Biological waves’ considers some representative samples of different kinds of wave that are of biological significance. It discusses the different types of brain waves, first discovered in the 1920s by Hans Berger, including alpha, beta, delta, theta, and gamma waves; the rhythm of heart beats; the wave motion of peristalsis that travels all the way down the alimentary tract from throat to rectum; the different wave motion in the locomotion of animals such as worms, snakes, centipedes, and millipedes; and the patterns made by groups of animals such as starling flocks.

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