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How could an equation or formula ever hope to capture something as complex and beautiful as the human mind? In a sense we've long been describing the brain with numbers - 86 billion neurons, 1200 cubic centimetres, 1400 grams. But you might expect that more ambitious attempts to explain the brain with mathematics would be doomed to failure.

Yet over the last few years, neuroscientists have built a mathematical framework for understanding many aspects of the brain.
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Human brain organised like a 3D 'New York City' grid

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If you straighten out its folds, the brain seems to be a three-dimensional grid of nerve fibres
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