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Course on Scientific Computing (with Mathematica)

“Computing” has become an important mode of exploration in many fields. At Drew University, I’ve been offering an introductory, practical course on scientific computing with Wolfram Mathematica, which is also used in other courses (e.g., calculus, physical chemistry, mechanics, math physics, etc.). The main goal is to expose students to various things technical computing software package […]

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Course on neuro-tech

This semester (spring, 2017), I taught a course titled “New breakthrough technologies in neuroscience research”: Catalog description: In the past decade, neuroscientists have developed a number of new, exciting methods for studying the brain. For examples, some research labs now use laser to activate genetically-engineered neurons (optogenetics). Others have created a detailed 3-dimensional map of […]

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Python for Matlab users

Found several resources on Python for Matlab users. xkcd: Python (from scipy) https://docs.scipy.org/doc/numpy-dev/user/numpy-for-matlab-users.html (Nice table) http://mathesaurus.sourceforge.net/matlab-numpy.html (Blog) http://bastibe.de/2013-01-20-a-python-primer-for-matlab-users.html (Blog) http://stsievert.com/blog/2015/09/01/matlab-to-python/ (Presentation): http://brain.cin.ucsf.edu/~craig/rstuff/Python_for_Matlab_Users.pdf

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Movie Arrival

I finally watched the movie Arrival (2016) with some students today. The original story by Ted Chiang is cleverer and more thought-provoking. Nevertheless, it was fun to see the scientists in the movie working with Mathematica and Matlab. In his blog, Stephen Wolfram wrote about his involvement with this movie. Coincidentally, there was an neuroscience news today about how […]

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