Mathematical Foundations of Neuroscience: 35 (Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics) Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0387877075
ISBN-10: 038787707X
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“This excellent 422 page hardcover publication is an accessible and concise monograph. … Mathematical Foundations is a timely contribution that will prove useful to mathematics graduate students and faculty interested in the application of dynamical systems theory to cellular and systems neuroscience. … welcome addition to the pedagogical literature. … For mathematics graduate students who are investigating the field of computational neuroscience, I would highly recommend Mathematical Foundations of Neuroscience as their first computational neuroscience text.” (Gregory D. Smith, The Mathematical Association of America, December, 2010)

" is a good substitute for a lengthy regime of abstract maths classes, but it is also well integrated into the field of neuroscience. Ermentrout and Terman's book conveys much of the advanced mathematics used in theoretical neuroscience today." (Vincent A. Billock, Nature)

“Gives an engaging, detailed, and truly authoritative treatment of neural dynamics … . suited for mathematicians at the advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate level, and beyond, who wish to enter the field. … a valuable and often-consulted text for researchers. It is also an excellent resource for instructors of intermediate to advanced courses … . the text is very readable, even with its impressively wide scope. In addition, many subsections give short, independent reviews of mathematical topics that will be very useful in the classroom.” (Krešimir Josić and Eric Shea-Brown, SIAM Review, Vol. 53 (3), 2011)

“This book emphasises the use of dynamical systems techniques in building and understanding models of neural cells and tissues. It has an extensive set of exercises at the end of each chapter and is ideally suited as a course text in a final-year undergraduate or first-year Ph.D. applied mathematics programme in mathematical neuroscience. … Overall this is a unique text on the topic of mathematical neuroscience … that fills a much-needed gap in the mathematical literature for both students and researchers.” (Stephen Coombes, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2012 a)

From the Back Cover

This book applies methods from nonlinear dynamics to problems in neuroscience. It uses modern mathematical approaches to understand patterns of neuronal activity seen in experiments and models of neuronal behavior. The intended audience is researchers interested in applying mathematics to important problems in neuroscience, and neuroscientists who would like to understand how to create models, as well as the mathematical and computational methods for analyzing them. The authors take a very broad approach and use many different methods to solve and understand complex models of neurons and circuits. They explain and combine numerical, analytical, dynamical systems and perturbation methods to produce a modern approach to the types of model equations that arise in neuroscience. There are extensive chapters on the role of noise, multiple time scales and spatial interactions in generating complex activity patterns found in experiments. The early chapters require little more than basic calculus and some elementary differential equations and can form the core of a computational neuroscience course. Later chapters can be used as a basis for a graduate class and as a source for current research in mathematical neuroscience. The book contains a large number of illustrations, chapter summaries and hundreds of exercises which are motivated by issues that arise in biology, and involve both computation and analysis. Bard Ermentrout is Professor of Computational Biology and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Pittsburgh. David Terman is Professor of Mathematics at the Ohio State University.

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  • File Size: 4612 KB
  • Print Length: 422 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2010 edition (July 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: July 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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By Pradeep Anandapu on October 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I give it 4 out of 5 stars just because the book is structured the way it is expected to be. The title of the book is "Mathematical foundations of Neuroscience", and it has almost all the mathematical techniques used in Neuroscience with good examples.

The book is good to have as a reference to applications of mathematics in Neuroscience but not as a learning guide for mathematics involved (I would really not suggest it). I like the way everything required in mathematics to date is put together for neuroscientists but it is not descriptive at all, wherever required. The book gives awesome description of the Neuroscience concepts and where exactly mathematical techniques are useful and the importance of mathematics in neuroscience. Mainly the approach of neurons to circuits and circuits to systems was good and carried through out the book. So, if we consider the approach of flow of concepts then the three steps are

1. Neuroscience concepts involved and getting to the mathematical equation that describes the biological system,

2. Solving the equation with mathematical techniques and getting to the results and graphs involved, and

3. Explanations of the results obtained and what do they mean and how do they change.

In my perspective the book did a very good job in accumulating all the areas in Neuroscience where the mathematical techniques are very useful. The book also gives a very good explanation of how the equations are achieved. The book does a great job in explaining how the neuroscientists understood the brain as and how their understanding changed with the mathematical perspective. So, I think the book did a great job in the first step (Neuroscience concepts involved and getting to the equation describing biological system).
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Bard and Terman have written an engaging introduction to just about every one of the many disjointed topics that make up theoretical neuroscience. They were two of the only people qualified to write such a text -- I think Bard has published papers on every topic in the book, and wrote the software that is still used by math/neuro nerds twenty years later. Buy!
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