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Eberhard Zeidler 1940–2016

Jürgen Jost 0 Eberhard Zeidler 0 B J. Jost 0 0 Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences , Inselstr. 22, 04103 Leipzig , Germany Eberhard Zeidler passed away on Nov. 18, 2016 after a ... this then became also the guiding motto for its scientific work and atmosphere. The institute opened in 1996, with Eberhard Zeidler as a founding director, together with Jürgen Jost and Stefan Müller

Regularity of Solutions of the Nonlinear Sigma Model with Gravitino

We propose a geometric setup to study analytic aspects of a variant of the super symmetric two-dimensional nonlinear sigma model. This functional extends the functional of Dirac-harmonic maps by gravitino fields. The system of Euler–Lagrange equations of the two-dimensional nonlinear sigma model with gravitino is calculated explicitly. The gravitino terms pose additional analytic ...

Coarse regularity of solutions to a nonlinear sigma-model with \(L^p\) gravitino

The regularity of weak solutions of a two-dimensional nonlinear sigma model with coarse gravitino is shown. Here the gravitino is only assumed to be in \(L^p\) for some \(p>4\). The precise regularity results depend on the value of p.

Relations and dependencies between morphological characters

In biological classification, a character is a property of a taxon that can distinguish it from other taxa. Characters are not independent, and the relations between characters can arise from structural constraints, developmental pathways or functional constraints. That has lead to famous controversies in the history of biology. In addition, a character as a tool of data analysis ...


We investigate the basic principles of structural knowledge. Structural knowledge underlies cognition, and it organizes, selects and assigns meaning to information. It is the result of evolutionary, cultural and developmental processes. Because of its own constraints, it needs to discover and exploit regularities and thereby achieve a complexity reduction.

Blow-up analysis for approximate Dirac-harmonic maps in dimension 2 with applications to the Dirac-harmonic heat flow

Dirac-harmonic maps couple a second order harmonic map type system with a first nonlinear Dirac equation. We consider approximate Dirac-harmonic maps \(\{(\phi _n,\psi _n)\}\), that is, maps that satisfy the Dirac-harmonic system up to controlled error terms. We show that such approximate Dirac-harmonic maps defined on a Riemann surface, that is, in dimension 2, continue to satisfy ...

Self-organization in Balanced State Networks by STDP and Homeostatic Plasticity

Structural inhomogeneities in synaptic efficacies have a strong impact on population response dynamics of cortical networks and are believed to play an important role in their functioning. However, little is known about how such inhomogeneities could evolve by means of synaptic plasticity. Here we present an adaptive model of a balanced neuronal network that combines two different ...

Statistics of Natural Binaural Sounds

Binaural sound localization is usually considered a discrimination task, where interaural phase (IPD) and level (ILD) disparities at narrowly tuned frequency channels are utilized to identify a position of a sound source. In natural conditions however, binaural circuits are exposed to a stimulation by sound waves originating from multiple, often moving and overlapping sources. ...

An introduction to the mathematical structure of the Wright–Fisher model of population genetics

In this paper, we develop the mathematical structure of the Wright–Fisher model for evolution of the relative frequencies of two alleles at a diploid locus under random genetic drift in a population of fixed size in its simplest form, that is, without mutation or selection. We establish a new concept of a global solution for the diffusion approximation (Fokker–Planck equation), ...

The maximum principle and the Dirichlet problem for Dirac-harmonic maps

We establish a maximum principle and uniqueness for Dirac-harmonic maps from a Riemannian spin manifold with boundary into a regular ball in any Riemannian manifold N. Then we prove an existence theorem for a boundary value problem for Dirac-harmonic maps.

Weak Noise in Neurons May Powerfully Inhibit the Generation of Repetitive Spiking but Not Its Propagation

Many neurons have epochs in which they fire action potentials in an approximately periodic fashion. To see what effects noise of relatively small amplitude has on such repetitive activity we recently examined the response of the Hodgkin-Huxley (HH) space-clamped system to such noise as the mean and variance of the applied current vary, near the bifurcation to periodic firing. This ...

Gene and genon concept: coding versus regulation

We analyse here the definition of the gene in order to distinguish, on the basis of modern insight in molecular biology, what the gene is coding for, namely a specific polypeptide, and how its expression is realized and controlled. Before the coding role of the DNA was discovered, a gene was identified with a specific phenotypic trait, from Mendel through Morgan up to Benzer. ...

Chinese characters reveal impacts of prior experience on very early stages of perception

Background Visual perception is strongly determined by accumulated experience with the world, which has been shown for shape, color, and position perception, in the field of visuomotor learning, and in neural computation. In addition, visual perception is tuned to statistics of natural scenes. Such prior experience is modulated by neuronal top-down control the temporal properties ...

Deficits in Long-Term Recognition Memory Reveal Dissociated Subtypes in Congenital Prosopagnosia

The study investigates long-term recognition memory in congenital prosopagnosia (CP), a lifelong impairment in face identification that is present from birth. Previous investigations of processing deficits in CP have mostly relied on short-term recognition tests to estimate the scope and severity of individual deficits. We firstly report on a controlled test of long-term (one year) ...

Sparse connectivity selectively reduces diagnostic facial information: an ICA model of congenital prosopagnosia

Jürgen Jost 0 2 0 References 1. Thomas C , Avidan G , Humphreys K, Jung K , Gao F, Behrmann M: Reduced structural connectivity in ventral visual cortex in congenital prosopagnosia. Nat Neurosci 2009, 12:29