Amit started his scientific activity in particle physics, obtaining a PhD from Brandeis University. He was then active, in the 1970s, in statistical mechanics. In the 1980s he moved on to a more interdisciplinary research including neurosciences. He was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in 1982-83. He was professor at The Racah Institute of Physics of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and professor of neural networks in the Department of Physics of the Sapienza University of Rome and was among the founders of the modern theory of neural networks.
Amit was naturalized as an Italian citizen in 1999. He took his life in his Jerusalem home on November 4, 2007.
- "Field Theory, the Renormalization Group, and Critical Phenomena" at World Scientific.
- Institute for Advanced Study: A Community of Scholars
- "Modelling Brain Function: The World of Attractor Neural Networks" at Google Books
- "The Bankruptcy of American Science": Correspondence between Daniel Amit and a well-known physics journal
- Rammal Award 2007
- "Testimonianze contro il male": Article on La Rivista del Manifesto (in Italian)