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Neuroscience: A Mathematical Primer [Paperback]

Alwyn Scott
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July 1, 2002 0387954023 978-0387954028 2002
This book will be of interest to anyone who wishes to know what role mathematics can play in attempting to comprehend the dynamics of the human brain. It also aims to serve as a general introduction to neuromathematics. The book gives the reader a qualitative understanding and working knowledge of useful mathematical applications to the field of neuroscience. The book is readable by those who have little knowledge of mathematics for neuroscience but are committed to begin acquiring such knowledge.

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From the reviews: "This monograph summarizes the development and current state of the art of neural mathematical modelling. a ] The book covers all aspects of neural modeling and is of interest to biomathematicians, biophysicists and theoretical neurobiologists." (Tanya Kostova-Vassilevska, Zentralblatt MATH, Issue 1018, 2003)

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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2002 edition (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387954023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387954028
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.1 x 9.1 inches
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"Neuroscience: A Mathematical Primer" by Alwyn Scott (Springer, 2002).
Submitted by: M.D. Goldfinger, Ph.D., Anatomy & Physiology Department., Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, USA; mel.goldfinger@wright.edu
The study of the brain - Neuroscience - is one of contemporary science's most challenging realms. It is a complex field with dimensions of inquiry available to a variety of scientific and medical fields of study. For those readers interested in neuroscience and who have a background in physical science, engineering, or mathematics, Alwyn Scott's book provides an ideal port of entry. Dr. Scott's book is a systematic `bottom-up' approach to the workings of the nervous system from the cellular to network perspectives. Each of the twelve chapters and six appendices provides a quantitatively-oriented view of the salient physical features of neurons.
Dr. Scott is a highly-accomplished scholar of non-linearities in physical systems. His scientific career includes academic and research positions in electrical engineering, computer science, and mathematics at University of Wisconsin, Los Alamos National Labs, University of Arizona, and others. In addition to these accomplishments, the author has published fundamental studies on information propagation in nerve fibers. In his book, Dr. Scott addresses neuronal function from these unique and remarkably eclectic disciplinary perspectives. He writes in terms of physical principles, using the language of mathematics and the insights of engineering. This approach is - alas - not typical in neuroscience, which is often descriptive, avoiding the underlying physical complexities.
The first nine chapters cover much of the salient biophysics of neurons.
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