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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


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

Stanley Finger and Marco Piccolino

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195366723
eISBN:
9780199897087
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366723.001.0001
Subject:
Neuroscience, History of Neuroscience

This book looks at how three kinds of strongly electric fishes literally became “electrical,” and how they helped to change the sciences and medicine. These fishes are the flat torpedo rays common to ... More


The Controversy Between Galvani and Volta Over Animal Electricity: The Second 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/9780199782161.003.0007
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology

Far from being a simple rhetoric discussion between two different approaches to the investigation of electric phenomena in living organisms, the Galvani-Volta controversy was a genuine scientific ... More


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