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Edgar D. Adrian: Coding in the Nervous System

Stanley Finger

in Minds Behind the Brain: A history of the pioneers and their discoveries

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195181821
eISBN:
9780199865277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181821.003.0015
Subject:
Neuroscience, History of Neuroscience

Edgar Douglas Adrian once remarked: “The history of electrophysiology has been decided by the history of electrical recording instruments”. Little was known about how the nerves coded their messages ... More


The Code

Alan J. McComas

in Galvani’s Spark: The Story of the Nerve Impulse

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199751754
eISBN:
9780199897094
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751754.003.0007
Subject:
Neuroscience, History of Neuroscience, Sensory and Motor Systems

Returning from the war, Adrian continues where he and Lucas had left off. Using the capillary electrometer and Lucas’ mechanical device for correcting distortion, he demonstrates the true form of the ... More


Cambridge, 1904: The Engineer

Alan J. McComas

in Galvani’s Spark: The Story of the Nerve Impulse

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199751754
eISBN:
9780199897094
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751754.003.0005
Subject:
Neuroscience, History of Neuroscience, Sensory and Motor Systems

Using a sensitive capillary electrometer, Francis Gotch and Victor Horsley obtain the first, barely detectable, recordings of nerve impulses. Later, Keith Lucas begins a novel and important series of ... More


Departures

Alan J. McComas

in Galvani’s Spark: The Story of the Nerve Impulse

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199751754
eISBN:
9780199897094
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751754.003.0022
Subject:
Neuroscience, History of Neuroscience, Sensory and Motor Systems

The later lives of the main neurophysiologists in the latter part of the impulse story are described. Edgar Adrian, awarded a baronetcy, abandons research after his laboratory is accidentally ... More


The War Years

Alan J. McComas

in Galvani’s Spark: The Story of the Nerve Impulse

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199751754
eISBN:
9780199897094
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751754.003.0013
Subject:
Neuroscience, History of Neuroscience, Sensory and Motor Systems

Plymouth is bombed and the Marine Biological Laboratory damaged. Huxley joins the Navy and Hodgkin helps to develop radar for fighter aircraft. In the depleted physiology department in Cambridge, ... More


Mugwumps? The Royal Society and the governance of post-war British science

Jeff Hughes

in Scientific Governance in Britain, 1914-79

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780719090981
eISBN:
9781526115133
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719090981.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

In the mid-1940s, British scientists were divided by debates about the role, meaning and management of the sciences as they transitioned from war to an uncertain peace. In pursuing its own project of ... More


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