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…