18 augustus 2010

It's raining math men


This book provides a grounded introduction to the fundamental concepts of mathematics, neuroscience and their combined use, thus providing the reader with a springboard to cutting-edge research topics and fostering a tighter integration of mathematics and neuroscience for future generations of students.

The book alternates between mathematical chapters, introducing important concepts and numerical methods, and neurobiological chapters, applying these concepts and methods to specific topics. It covers topics ranging from classical cellular biophysics and proceeding up to systems level neuroscience. Starting at an introductory mathematical level, presuming no more than calculus through elementary differential equations, the level will build up as increasingly complex techniques are introduced and combined with earlier ones. Each chapter includes a comprehensive series of exercises with solutions, taken from the set developed by the authors in their course lectures. MATLAB code is included for each computational figure, to allow the reader to reproduce them. Biographical notes referring the reader to more specialized literature and additional mathematical material that may be needed either to deepen the reader's understanding or to introduce basic concepts for less mathematically inclined readers completes each chapter.

* Graduate and post graduate students in Neuroscience and Psychology looking for an introduction to mathematical methods in Neuroscience
* Researchers in Neuroscience and Psychology looking for a quick reference for mathematical methods
* Students in applied mathematics, physical sciences, engineering who want an introduction to Neuroscience in a mathematical context

"I really think this book is very, very important. This is precisely what has been missing from the field and is badly needed. Non-physicists or non-mathematicians coming to neuroscience try hard to get up to speed in the basic maths needed to get by but give up because there is no clear explication of this."
--Dr. Kevin Franks, research fellow, Richard Axel's laboratory Columbia University, NYC

"The idea of presenting sufficient maths to understand the theoretical neuroscience, alongside the neuroscience itself, is appealing. The inclusion of Matlab code for all examples and computational figures is an excellent idea. Many readers will want to use and explore the code, either to directly aid their understanding, or as the basis for their own ongoing research, and Matlab is a widely used tool in this area."
--David Corney, research fellow, Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London

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