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

  • Covers the relationship between humanistic and scientific culture in the siecle des lumieres, and its fate since then
  • Explains the extraordinary physiological mechanism underlying the discharge of an electrical impulse in nerve and muscle fiber
  • Dissipates established misconceptions about Luigi Galvani and other historical figures
  • Describes how two discoveries changed modern scientific understanding itself

By: Marco Piccolino (Author)

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Nov 2013 | #209625 | ISBN-13: 9780199782161
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Shocking Frogs offers a completely new perspective on a fundamental episode of eighteenth-century science – leading, on one hand, to the discovery of the electric nature of nervous signals, and, on the other, to the invention of the electric battery.


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