Blue Brain Team Discovers a Multi-Dimensional Universe in Brain Networks

12 June 2017

In a paper published today, a team of scientists led by the Blue Brain Project have used a sophisticated type of mathematics in a way that it has never been used before in neuroscience.The team have uncovered a universe of multi-dimensional geometrical structures and spaces within the networks of the brain.

This research, published in Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, has significant implications for our understanding of the brain.

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Topology in neuroscience
The image attempts to illustrate something that can not be imaged – a universe of multi-dimensional structures and spaces. On the left is a digital copy of a part of the neocortex, the most evolved part of the brain. On the right are shapes of different sizes and geometries in an attempt to represent structures ranging from 1D to 7D and beyond. The “black-hole” in the middle is used to symbolise a complex x of multi-dimensional spaces, or cavities.

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