***Note: The Crick & Asanuma reading is not required for anyone who has had neuroanatomy.
The Churchland reading is not required for anyone who has taken neurophysiology. The following paper is still worth reading, though, as an illustration of how information processing within a dendritic tree can be far more complex than linear summation of inputs:
The above is for those of you who would like a quick review of dot products and eigenvectors. It also contains some material on why linear algebra is relevant to neural network models.