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Galvanism contra “Voltaism”: Electric Fishes and the “Unsolvable” Dilemma

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/9780195366723.003.0023
Subject:
Neuroscience, History of Neuroscience

With the invention of his battery—that is, his artificial electrical organ—Volta obtained the kind of celebrity and fame that is granted only to the greatest contributors to the sciences. He became a ... 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


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