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The human brain contains about 100 billion neurons, each making about 1000 synaptic connections with other neurons. This huge dynamical system communicates with itself and its environment via electrical impulses called spikes. How is incoming information turned into spikes, and how do spikes create decisions and behaviors? I will show how mathematics helps us model and analyze such questions, involving events from single neural spikes to decisions that change our lives.
Math Matters lectures feature distinguished mathematicians and scientists who are also superb expositors able to illuminate the role mathematics is playing in understanding our world and shaping our lives. The lectures are aimed at a broad audience.