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Author Finger, Stanley, author
Title The shocking history of electric fishes : from ancient epochs to the birth of modern neurophysiology / Stanley Finger, Marco Piccolino
Imprint New York : Oxford University Press, [2011]
book jacket
 傅{21426  WX RC338 F497 2011    AVAILABLE    30530001286731
Descript xi, 470 pages : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 429-457) and index
The allure of electric fishes : Humboldt's obsession -- The shocking catfish of the Nile -- Torpedoes in the Greco-Roman world. Pt. 1, Wonders of nature between science and myth -- Torpedoes in the Greco-Roman world. Pt. 2, From therapeutic shocks to theories of the discharge -- Byzantine and Islamic writings -- Torpedoes : from the scholastics through the Renaissance -- Rediscovering the torporific catfish -- The "eels" of South America -- From the occult to mechanical theories of the discharge -- The electrical world of Benjamin Franklin -- Animal spirits and physiology -- First steps toward fish electricity -- The Dutch, the eel, and electricity -- Edward Bancroft's Guiana eels and London connections -- John Walsh's scientific journey -- The Royal Society and interdisciplinary science -- Out of the Guianas : the American Philosophical Society and the eel -- Alexander Garden : a Linnaean in South Carolina and Captain Baker's eels -- Sparks in darkness and the eel's electrical sense -- Public knowledge : newspapers, magazines, and "shocking" poetry -- Galvani's animal electricity -- Electric fishes in Volta's path to the battery -- Galvanism contra "Voltaism" : electric fishes and the "unsolvable" dilemma -- Electric fishes in the nineteenth century -- The changing neurophysiological setting -- Understanding the shock mechanisms : a twentieth-century odyssey
Subject Neurosciences -- History
Electric fishes -- History
Electric Fish -- physiology
Neurophysiology -- history
Electric Organ -- physiology
Alt Author Piccolino, Marco, author
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