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Published: 01 November 2013

400 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199782161

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Shocking Frogs

Galvani, Volta, and the Electric Origins of Neuroscience

Marco Piccolino and Marco Bresadola

  • Covers the relationship between humanistic and scientific culture in the siècle des lumières, 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

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