What was Hodgkin and Huxley’s Achievement?

@inproceedings{Levy2014WhatWH,
  title={What was Hodgkin and Huxley’s Achievement?},
  author={Arnon Levy},
  year={2014}
}
The Hodgkin-Huxley (HH) model of the action potential is a theoretical pillar of modern neurobiology. In a number of recent publications, Carl Craver ([2006], [2007], [2008]) has argued that the model is explanatorily deficient, because it does not reveal enough about underlying molecular mechanisms. I offer an alternative picture of the HH model, according to which it deliberately abstracts from molecular specifics. By doing so, the model explains the whole-cell behavior as the product of a… CONTINUE READING

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