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Electric Fishes in Volta’s Path to the Battery

Stanley Finger and Marco Piccolino

in The Shocking History of Electric Fishes: From Ancient Epochs to the Birth of Modern Neurophysiology

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195366723
eISBN:
9780199897087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366723.003.0022
Subject:
Neuroscience, History of Neuroscience

Alessandro Volta, the Italian physicist who would be celebrated for the invention of the electric battery (“Voltaic pile”), was Galvani's most influential and visible antagonist in the debate over ... More


From Fishes to Frogs and Nerve Electricity

C. U. M. Smith, Eugenio Frixione, Stanley Finger, and William Clower

in The Animal Spirit Doctrine and the Origins of Neurophysiology

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199766499
eISBN:
9780199950263
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766499.003.0015
Subject:
Neuroscience, History of Neuroscience

This chapter takes a look at efforts made in the study of the possibility that humans could create and store electricity, just like certain animals. It first introduces Luigi Galvani, who studied the ... More


Shocking Frogs: Galvani, Volta, and the Electric Origins of Neuroscience

Marco Piccolino and Marco Bresadola

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780199782161
eISBN:
9780199345182
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782161.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology

This book provides an accurate and detailed reconstruction of the research pathway that led the Bologna physician, Luigi Galvani, to discover the electric nature of nerve conduction and muscle ... More


The Controversy Between Galvani and Volta Over Animal Electricity: The First Stage

Marco Piccolino, Marco Bresadola, and Nicholas Wade

in Shocking Frogs: Galvani, Volta, and the Electric Origins of Neuroscience

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780199782161
eISBN:
9780199345182
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782161.003.0006
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology

The publication of Galvani’s memoir in 1791started a lively debate all over Europe and in the last decade of the eighteenth century animal electricity became the most important scientific topic being ... More


Luigi Galvani: Electricity and the Nerves

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/9780195181821.003.0008
Subject:
Neuroscience, History of Neuroscience

Physiologists in the opening decades of the 18th century were skeptical of existing theories about how the nerves work. Some scientists began to wonder whether the nervous system may work by ... More


The Spark

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/9780199751754.003.0002
Subject:
Neuroscience, History of Neuroscience, Sensory and Motor Systems

Using early microscopes, Leewenhoek and Fontana describe nerve fibres. Galvani discovers that electricity causes frog muscles to twitch, though the existence of “animal” electricity is doubted by ... More


Technological Transitions

Michael Brian Schiffer

in Power Struggles: Scientific Authority and the Creation of Practical Electricity Before Edison

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262195829
eISBN:
9780262283120
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262195829.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

This chapter describes the technological transitions from the invention of a multitude of electrical devices to “the first age of electricity.” It begins with a description of the different types of ... More


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