currently I try to create stats for Ádham Brathair (TCI, p. 44 - 45, the character is shortly described in Antagonists, p. 11, too).
Ádham is a gifted learned magician "with the lofty aim of developing a unified theory of magic built on sound philosophical principles" (Antagonists, p. 11). In TCI, p. 44 we learn that Ádham experiments with amulets, that mimic the supernatural abilities of the folk witches (namely Second Sight, Dowsing and Cursing). His big goal needs 120 breakthrough points. For now, he collected 15 breakthrough points (see the insert "Hedge magic and original research").
At the same place we can read, that "any literate hedge wizard able to undertake work in a laboratory can use the Original Research rules presented in HoH:TL, but (according to page 16 of HMRE) if the wizard´s tradition has no codified theory of magic, this theory is the only thing open for investigation."
As far as I know, learned magicians don´t have a "codified theory of magic". I can´t see anything like a "learned magicians magic theory". An ability like this isn´t unimportant for a researcher, because it determines the risk modifier he can use in his experiments - the higher the magic theory, the higher the risk modifier - and the better the chance for a discovery.
My question is: If there is nothing like a codified theory of magic for learned magicians, how did Ádham collect 15 breakthrough points?
(and by the way: how do you research a codified theory of magic without the possibility of a risk modifier? Isn´t it nearly impossible?)