Bulletin of Mathematical Biology

, Volume 52, Issue 1–2, pp 73–97 | Cite as

Discussion: McCulloch-Pitts and related neural nets from 1943 to 1989

  • Jack D. Cowan


The McCulloch-Pitts paper “A Logical Calculus of the Ideas Immanent in Nervous Activity” was published in theBulletin of Mathematical Biophysics in 1943, a decade before the work of Hodgkin, Huxley, Katz and Eccles. The McCulloch-Pitts neuron is an extremely simplified representation of neural properties, based simply on the existence of a threshold for the activation of an action potential.


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  • Jack D. Cowan
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  1. 1.Mathematic Department and Brain Research InstituteThe University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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