The Pleasures of Theory

Theoretical Predictions Confirmed by Experiment:
Nothing is more practical than a good theory; Immanuel Kant

Unbinding transitions of filament bundles, theory
(2005)
and experiment (2015).

Predicting the kinetics of biomolecular machines in vivo,
theory and experimental validation
(2014)

Stochastic tugofwar between antagonistic molecular motors,
theory
(2008)
and experiments
(2009).
(2011).

Intrinsic contact angle of membranes, theory and experiment
(2009)
.

Cooperative transport by several molecular motors, theory
(2005)
and experiment (2008).

Membrane curvature induced by anchored polymers, theory
(1995)
and experiment (2007).

Displacement of domain boundary by Gaussian curvature moduli, theory
(1993),
(1996)
and experiments
(2005),
(2008).

Domaininduced budding of membranes, theory
(1992)
and experiment (2003).

Growth and coalescence of intramembrane domains, theory
(1992),
(2001)
and experiment (2003).

Increased bending rigidity by anchored polymers, theory
(1996)
and experiment (2001).

Morphological wetting transitions at structured surfaces, theory
(1998)
and experiment (1999).

Conformal diffusion of vesicles, theory
(1993)
and experiment (1995).

Dynamic thickening of wetting layers, theory
(1986)
and experiments
(1990),
(1996),
(2000).

Unbinding transitions of membranes, theory
(1986)
and experiment (1989).

Critical surface behavior at firstorder phase transitions,
theory (1982)
and experiments
(1985),
(2004).

Theoretical Analysis and Unification of Experimental Observations:
As simple as possible, but not simpler; Albert Einstein

Insight from Computer Simulations:
There is plenty of room at the bottom; Richard Feynman

Theoretical Predictions to be Scrutinized by Experiment:
The best way to predict the future is to invent it; Alan Kay

Complex Theoretical Results with Aesthetic Appeal:
A beautiful theory may not be right, but an ugly one must be wrong; Jacques Monod