I wrote this review only because someone gave this book 1 star!
Simon Hykin is one of the renowned author and researcher and has done pioneering research in this area. Today there is a lot of buzz about Big Data and Machine Learning, thanks to companies like google amazon - and that has what brought back the attention to Neural Network. However, the subject itself is more than several decades old. Simon Hykin, not only a very knowledgeable in the area, he is one of the oldest contributor in this filed, and pioneering contributor in this field way before the current buzz about neural network.
And no, this doesn't mean this is aged text. This book covers the most basic fundamentals in absolutely no cluttered way. This should typically be the first book that people must read in this area.
Yes, there are many aspects of neural network theory which has lot of maths. Unlike many current books who focuses more on programming, this is a theory book- hence it requires some math background.