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Biophysics of Computation: Information Processing in Single Neurons (Computational Neuroscience Series) 1st Edition
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His laboratory studies the biophysics of nerve cells, and the neuronal and computational basis of visual perception, attention, and consciousness and machine vision. Together with his long-time collaborator, Francis Crick, Koch pioneered the scientific study of consciousness. His latest book, Consciousness - Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist deals with the philosophical, religious, scientific, technological and personal questions relating to his research.
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All of the above comprises an extended introduction to Chapters 17 through 19, which in the words of the author: "synthesize the previously learned lessons into a complete account of the events occuring in realistic dendritic trees with all of their attendant nonlinearities.Read more ›
We don't know much about biological neurons. We don't really understand how they perform computation. Yet we have some models, approximations of the models, and theories of how the model neurons get organized to do computation. These are summarized in this book in a breif & comprehensive manner.
Some notes: 1) Portions of the book may be found in greater detail elsewhere. 2) The book is more about biophysics than compuation.
understanding of ionic channels is reviewed, emphasizing the importance of calcium currents. Further chapters discuss linearization of the H-H equations for small amplitude behavior; present a careful examination of ionic diffusion processes; and describe electrochemical properties of dendritic spines, synaptic plasticity, simple neural models, stochastic neural models and the properties of bursting cells. Just about every facet of currently available neural knowledge is touched upon, with appropriate references to a carefully selected bibliography that will help the diligent novice delve deeply into whatever aspect of neural information processing he or she chooses.
All of the above comprises an extended introduction to Chapters 17 to 19, which: `synthesize the previously learned lessons into a complete account of the events occurring in realistic dendritic trees with all of their attendant nonlinearities'.Read more ›
That said, this IS a book for professionals and students of Computational Neuroscience. It is not intended for a lay audience.
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Koch's book is a tour de force - a chocolate box of biophysics with coatings of equations and melting illustrative centers. Read morePublished on January 6, 2008 by Paul R. Adams
This is a fine comprehensive book. However, it might be helpful to bear in mind, as you study it, that although it was published in late 1998, a few fundamental principles... Read morePublished on April 29, 2000
although a bit long, the author gets his point across in an if not literary, at least interesting style of writing. Read morePublished on January 15, 2000