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“It takes two to make a thing go right”: The coevolution of technological and mathematical tools in neuroscience

Favela, Luis (2020) “It takes two to make a thing go right”: The coevolution of technological and mathematical tools in neuroscience. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Some philosophers of neuroscience have recently argued that the history of neuroscience is principally a history of technological tool development. Across these claims, there is little to no mention of data analysis methods nor their underlying assumptions. Here, I argue that mathematical tools have played crucial roles in the history of neuroscience. First, I present the Hodgkin-Huxley model as an example of research constrained by technological limitations and mathematical assumptions. Second, I highlight scale-free neuronal dynamics and explain how that discovery required both technological and mathematical advancements. I conclude by discussing consequences for explanations in neuroscience.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Favela, Luisluis.favela@ucf.edu0000-0002-6434-959X
Keywords: Hodgkin-Huxley model, mechanism, neuronal dynamics, scale-free, tool development
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
Depositing User: Dr. Luis H. Favela
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2020 03:04
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2020 03:04
Item ID: 17299
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
Date: 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17299

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