Thursday, January 30, 2020

A Mathematical Model Unlocks the Secrets of Vision

Mathematicians and neuroscientists have created the first anatomically accurate model that explains how vision is possible.

“A lot of the things you think you see you’re actually making up,” said Lai-Sang Young, a mathematician at New York University. “You don’t actually see them.”

New research suggests mathematics is the key. For the past few years, Young has been engaged in an unlikely collaboration with her NYU colleagues Robert Shapley, a neuroscientist, and Logan Chariker, a mathematician. They’re creating a single mathematical model that unites years of biological experiments and explains how the brain produces elaborate visual reproductions of the world based on scant visual information.

Quanta Magazine 

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