Albion College Mathematics and Computer Science

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The Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Albion College includes the disciplines of pure and applied mathematics, computer science, and statistics. The department offers majors and minors in Mathematics and Computer Science. See our links on the left for more details.

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For further information contact:
David Seely, Acting Chair
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Albion College
Albion, Michigan 49224-5013
mathcs@albion.edu
(517) 629-0361

Mathematics and the Brain

One of the most exciting challenges in modern science is to understand the human brain and its mechanisms. Mathematics plays a vital role in the research to understand the mechanisms and function of the human brain, from its smallest components to the brain itself:

  • Modeling and computational simulation have complemented laboratory experiments to understand how the brain functions at many levels;
  • Theoretical models and computational methods, along with experiments guided by these models, are used to unravel the circuitry of the cerebral cortex;
  • Research in the dynamics of networks is helping to understand, at a cellular and network level, how widespread synchronous patterns arise in large non-homogeneous networks, such as the brain; and
  • Imaging, which depends heavily on mathematical and computational tools, provides a non-invasive method for gathering information on brain activity, form and function.
  • Further research in the underlying mathematics of dynamical systems and networks, statistical methods, and mathematical tools for enhancing imaging will continue to help advance our understanding of the closest of all frontiers.

    April is Mathematics Awareness Month. Each year the mathematics community celebrates the importance of mathematics in our lives. The theme for 2007 is "Mathematics and the Brain".



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