Books

Filed under: Uncategorized — frm @ 10:20 pm

Besides the many research papers I am getting through for my research, I have several books on the go, each providing inspiration and useful background material…

  • Frontiers of Complexity, Peter Coveney and Roger Highfield
    A fascinating, wide-ranging and accessible overview of where things stand in the science of complexity
  • Introduction to the Theory of Neural Computation, John A. Hertz, Anders Krogh and Richard Palmer
    Very useful, comprehensive textbook on neural networks.
  • From Cells to Consciousness and From Neurons to Behaviour, The Open University
    Books 1 and 4 of the OU’s set of six textbooks for their course ‘Biological Psychology: Exploring the Brain’. Generally rather well-written overviews of neurology; good information to keep in mind when working on models inspired by the human brain.
  • Dynamical Systems and Fractals, Karl-Heinz Becker and Michael Dörfler
    A delightful book written in 1986, translated by Ian Stewart in 1989. Fun for the insight it provides into the first years of experimental mathematics becoming an important force, and the immense enthusiasm engendered by the discovery of things like the Mandelbrot set. Nice as a compendium of useful information on a variety of complex systems, as well.
  • Advanced Ecological Theory, edited by Jacqueline McGlade
    Work in ecology, including research by McGlade with Peter Allen, provided part of the inspiration for Lesser’s mathematical model of the mind as an interest system. This may not be directly relevant, but I thought it would be as well to acquaint myself with some of the ways similar models are used in quite different fields.
  • Dealing with Complexity, edited by Mirek Kárný, Kevin Warwick and Vera Kurková
    A collection of interesting-looking research papers, many of them relevant to my research to various degrees.

I am open to other suggestions…

2 Comments »

  1. I would suggest that the study of the mind, being as it is ultimately also made by the mind, is best done totally by the mind studying itself. The means to do this in a thoroughly satisfactory way was (re-)discovered almost 2600 years ago by the man known as the Buddha. His method is more pure science than anything practiced today because his mind was so clear and free from delusion. You can find out something about that method at http://www.dhamma.org/ which describes the practice of vipassana meditation and it is practiced by millions of people in the world today. It is no more possible to comprehend by words what this technique is without learning it at a 10-day course than it is possible for a birth blind person to learn what colours are by words.

    Comment by Ray Tomes — May 5, 2007 @ 9:46 am

  2. Everyone have at least one inspirational thing that may affect their life. It may be a book or any person or any object. Some time, peoples get inspired when talking with other persons.

    Comment by Tom Nambi — June 24, 2016 @ 9:33 am

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