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Some Mathematical Questions in Biology--Neuro-Biology
Edited by: Robert M. Miura

Lectures on Mathematics in the Life Sciences
1982; 122 pp; softcover
Volume: 15
ISBN-10: 0-8218-1165-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-1165-8
List Price: US$40
Member Price: US$32
Order Code: LLSCI/15
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This volume contains lectures presented at the 15th annual meeting on mathematical biology, organized by a joint AMS-SIAM committee, as part of the mathematical activities at the annual AAAS meeting, held January 7, 1982, in Washington, D.C. The meeting was devoted to neurobiology, and was very ably organized by Robert M. Miura. Neurobiology is a very large field, and there are many applications of mathematics that could have been selected. Miura and the committee wisely chose to concentrate on one or two topics concerned mainly with the properties of individual neurons and their processes.

In summary, this is an excellent collection of articles on some of the more interesting and timely problems of cellular neurobiology. The articles, especially those by Plant, Rinzel, and Nicholson and Phillips, are all excellent expositions of important problems. I recommend this volume to anyone interested in mathematical neurobiology.


Table of Contents

  • C. F. Stevens -- Quantitative specification of neuron form
  • J. Rinzel -- Neuronal plasticity (learning)
  • R. E. Plant -- The analysis of models for excitable membranes:An introduction
  • A. C. Scott -- Nerve pulse interactions
  • A. J. and G. Nikolakopoulou -- Calcium diffusion and buffering in nerve cytoplasm
  • C. Nicholson and J. M. Phillips -- Diffusion in the brain cell microenvironment
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