Finger, Stanley & Marco Piccolino
Title The Shocking History of Electric Fishes, from Ancient Epochs to the Birth of Modern Neurophysiology
0195366727 / 9780195366723
Inventory number 979380
2011. 28cm. Pp.464. 302 photos & figures. Hardbound.
The Shocking History of Electric Fishes looks at how three kinds of strongly electric fishes literally became "electrical", and how they helped to change the sciences and medicine. These fishes are the flat torpedo rays common to the Mediterranean, the electric catfishes of Africa, and an "eel" from South America. The discovery of the electrical nature of these fishes in the second half of the 18th century was the starting point of the two fundamental advances in the sciences: on the physiological side, the demonstration that nerve conduction and muscle excitation are electrical phenomena, and on the physical side, the invention of the electric battery.
9780195366723. The Shocking History of Electric Fishes