Reviews, lecture notes and even books


William Bialek and collaborators


Follow the link above to a description of our research in the form of an annotated bibliography. 

Follow the links below to download the main references.



Adaptive spike coding. A Fairhall & W Bialek, in The Handbook of Brain Theory and Neural Networks, Second Edition, MA Arbib, ed, pp 90-94 (MIT Press, Cambridge, 2002).


Thinking about the brain. W Bialek, in  Physics of Biomolecules and Cells: Les Houches Session LXXV, H Flyvbjerg, F Jčlicher, P Ormos, & F David, eds, pp 485-577 (EDP Sciences, Les Ulis; Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2002).


Real time encoding of motion: Answerable questions and questionable answers from the fly's visual system.  R de Ruyter van Steveninck, A Borst & W Bialek, in Processing Visual Motion in the Real World: A Survey of Computational, Neural and Ecological Constraints, JM Zanker & J Zeil, eds, pp 279-306 (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2001).


Potenialitç e limitazioni nella misura della transmission dell'informazione neuronale.  W Bialek, in Frontiere Della Vita, Vol. III: Sistemi Intelligenti, pp 617-629 (Instituto della Enciclopedia Italiana, 1999).

From an English manuscript, Prospects and pitfalls in the measurement of neural information transmission.  English edition:  Frontiers of Life, Vol III:  Intelligent Systems (Academic Press, San Diego, 2002).


Spikes: Exploring the Neural Code.  F Rieke, D Warland, R de Ruyter van Steveninck & W Bialek (MIT Press, Cambridge, 1997).

Reviews include:  A King,  The London Times Higher Education Supplement 17 October 1997, p. 35; A Zador,  Science  277, 772 (1997); LF Abbott,  Neuron  19, 5 (1997); M Abeles,  Trends Neurosci.  20, 496 (1997).


Statistical mechanics and sensory signal processing.  W Bialek, in Physics of Biological Systems:  From Molecules to Species, H Flyvbjerg, J Hertz, MH Jensen, OG Mouristen & K Sneppen, eds, pp 252-280 (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1997).


Princeton Lectures on Biophysics.  W Bialek, ed (World Scientific, Singapore, 1992).


Optimal signal processing in the nervous system.  W Bialek, in [43], pp 321-401 (1992).


Theoretical physics meets experimental neurobiology.  W Bialek, in  1989 Lectures in Complex Systems, SFI Studies in the Sciences of Complexity, Lect. Vol. II, E Jen, ed,  pp 513-595 (Addison-Wesley, Menlo Park CA, 1990).


Physical limits to sensation and perception.  W Bialek, Ann. Rev Biophys Biophys Chem 16, 455-478 (1987).


The Vertebrate Inner Ear.  ER Lewis, EL Leverenz & W Bialek (CRC Press, Boca Raton, 1985).