

Welcome!
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.
For further information contact:
David Seely, Acting Chair
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Albion College
Albion,
Michigan 492245013
mathcs@albion.edu
(517) 6290361 



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 nonhomogeneous
networks, such as the brain; and
Imaging, which depends heavily on mathematical and
computational tools, provides a noninvasive 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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