just came across the phrase "in silico" (i. e. computer simulation), as opposed to "in vitro" (lit. "in glass", like in a petri dish) and "in vivo" (experiments with living organisms)

@nev oh my goodness how utterly delightful of a phrase

Weird. I associate silicon with hardware.

As in, an "in silico" algorithm is implemented in hardware, using logic gates, and heck, maybe even analog circuits, as opposed to being implemented in software running on a general purpose CPU.

Or, put differently, simulations tend to run in environments abstracted away from the actual silicon. Sure, the environment ultimately runs on silicon, but that is merely an implementation detail, and needn't be so.

@Coffee that's true! but i suppose "in vitro" doesn't necessarily refer to glass either

mfw I realize "in vitro" literally means "in glass".

I confirm that this is a thing, for instance in computational neuroscience.
An "in silico" experiment would be a simulation of a specific neuronal network, brain circuit, or single neuron response

I'm actually quite fond of this expression, I find it very cute ^^

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