Saturday, March 29, 2008

Encyclopedia of Dynamical Systems, in Scholarpedia

Scholarpedia is a work in progress, of course, but it is a publically accessible site where anyone can go and get an explanation of a concept or overview of a field of study from the scholars themselves. In the little menu on the left, one finds "dynamical systems". Clicking on it takes you directly to Encyclopedia of dynamical systems, which is a very good resource for anyone mystified by how brains "work", and who would like to de-mystify themselves a little. The very first article in the "applications" list is Binding by Synchrony, by Wolf Singer at Max Planck Institute in Germany.

At the moment I'm working on Mechanoreceptors and stochastic resonance. It's well worth a read just for basic review of sensory organs in skin, if nothing else, but if you're a manual therapist who has always been curious about the meaning of 'stochastic resonance' and want to know more, this article might enlighten considerably.

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