Rhythms of the Brain—relevant present day read or simply a classic?

Hi everyone, I was going through Mike’s book and at some point I remember reading that it would be a good idea to read Rhythms of the brain by Buzsáki. For those that have read it, do you think it is largely relevant or is it a little outdated? (considering he has also published a lot of solid review papers past 2006)

Also, feel free to drop your book recommendations :wink:

Hi Asimio. The Buzsaki book is a great (though quite packed) resource for topical knowledge. I think it’s still relevant, as a lot of the findings and theories he discusses are still relevant.

Also, since you didn’t specify any particular topic for the book recommendations, I’ll suggest anything by Ted Chiang. He has two collections of short stories, and they’re brilliant.

Hey Mike! Thanks for the reply. Thanks for the sci-fi recommendations! With the pandemic, reading is something that I can manage without any worry.

Do you also have any recommendations for neuroscientific books, that try to get at the general architecture of neural systems? Maybe something between modelling and data. Or maybe from the physics point of view. Or really anything you would recommend that early stage neuroscientists should read.

Networks of the Brain by Olaf Sporns might be a good choice.

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I’ve heard about that one (it was a bit expensive so I didn’t get pick it up)—is it more of a textbook or does it have more of a central narrative?

There are many many neuroscience books that span the range from pop-science to academic to mathematical. If you have a physics or math background, you might consider “Dynamical systems in neuroscience” from Izhikevich. There are also two books from Ermentrout, one on noise and the brain and one called “Mathematical foundations of neuroscience.” All of those books start to get pretty dense, though. They’ll definitely keep you busy during lock-down :wink:

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