Theory plays an essential role in our understanding of the physical world. Can theories–as defined in physics–help us discover how the brain works? Is the power of theory limited when dealing with the brain? This lecture analyzes the various roles of theory in physics–from quantitative, but nevertheless broadly applicable, descriptions of natural phenomena to representations of the physical world that defy our intuitions–and examines the extent to which physico-mathematical theories can also contribute to neuroscience, in particular in the context of the ongoing revolution in experimental techniques.
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