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Math for Scientists

Refreshing the Essentials


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Natasha Maurits
    Pages 1-26
  3. Branislava Ćurčić-Blake
    Pages 27-60
  4. Natasha Maurits
    Pages 61-97
  5. Natasha Maurits
    Pages 99-127
  6. Natasha Maurits
    Pages 129-161
  7. Branislava Ćurčić-Blake
    Pages 163-197
  8. Branislava Ćurčić-Blake
    Pages 199-229
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 231-233

About this book


Accessible and comprehensive, this guide is an indispensable tool for anyone in the sciences – new and established researchers, students and scientists – looking either to refresh their math skills or to prepare for the broad range of math, statistical and data-related challenges they are likely to encounter in their work or studies.

In addition to helping scientists improve their knowledge of key mathematical concepts, this unique book will help readers:

·                     Read mathematical symbols

·                     Understand formulas, data or statistical information

·                     Determine medication equivalents

·                     Analyze neuroimaging

 Mathematical concepts are presented alongside illustrative and useful real-world scien­tific examples and are further clarified through practical pen-and-paper exercises. Whether you are a student encountering high-level mathematics in your research or a seasoned scientist looking to refresh or strengthen your understanding, Math for Scientists: Refreshing the Essentials will be the book you reach for again and again. 


Epicycles Formula Reading Math Essentials Math in Science Math Refresher MRI Processing Neuropsychological Questionnaires Spectral Decomposition Tremor Analysis

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurologyUniversity Medical Center GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Neuroimaging CenterUniversity Medical Center GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

About the authors

Natasha Maurits is professor of Clinical Neuroengineering at the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands. She is an applied mathematician by training and has experience in explaining mathematics to non-mathematicians, from children to adults, for over 20 years. She can explain mathematics in intuitive ways, avoiding formulas as much as possible. This approach is highly valued by her students. Bridging the gap between mathematics and other scientific fields is now her daily bread and butter, working as a mathematician in a hospital, and she enjoys explaining the use and beauty of mathematics.

Branislava Ćurčić-Blake works as an Assistant Professor in neuroscience and cognitive neuropsychiatry at the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands. She has trained as an experimental physicist (a study with a firm basis in mathematics) and did a PhD in neurobiophysics. Starting as a student and throughout her professional career, she has taught primary, high school, master and PhD students the intricacies of mathematics and physics, often motivating them to study these subjects independently with renewed interest.

Bibliographic information


“The authors strive to provide readers with an intuitive understanding of many abstract mathematical concepts through real-world and scientific examples. The style is clear and concise … this book provides an accessible entry point to mathematics skills for students and scientists from a variety of backgrounds. … Recommended. Undergraduates and professionals.” (V. K. Chellamuthu, Choice, Vol. 55 (11), July, 2018)