By Marco Piccolino, Marco Bresadola
"... and nonetheless shall we by no means think that fortune have been to be so pleasant to us, reminiscent of to permit us to be probably the 1st in dealing with, because it have been, the electrical energy hid in nerves, in extracting it from nerves, and, indirectly, in placing it below everyone's eyes."
With those phrases, Luigi Galvani introduced to the area in 1791 his discovery that apprehensive conduction and muscle excitation are electric phenomena. the results of greater than years of excessive experimental paintings, Galvani's milestone fulfillment concluded a thousand-year medical seek, in a box lengthy ruled via the antiquated ideals of classical technology. in addition to laying the grounds for the advance of the trendy neurosciences, Galvani's discovery additionally dropped at gentle an invention that might ceaselessly swap humankind's lifestyle: the electrical battery of Alessandro Volta.
In an available kind, written for experts and basic readers alike, surprising Frogs retraces the stairs of either clinical discoveries, beginning with the preliminary hypotheses of the Enlightenment at the involvement of electrical energy in lifestyles approaches. So doing, it additionally unearths the inconsistency of the numerous stereotypes that an uncritical cultural culture has imparted to the legacies of Galvani and Volta, and proposes a decidedly new photo of those huge figures.