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today’s birthday: Luigi Galvani (1737)


Luigi Galvani (1737)

While experimenting with electricity, Galvani, an Italian physicist and physician, noticed that a frog’s leg contracted when it was touched with charged metal. This observation led him to conclude—incorrectly—that animal tissue generates electricity. His research focused attention on electricity in animals, stimulating the study of electrotherapy and electric currents. Today, many terms in electricity are derived from his name. What noted novel might have been inspired in part by Galvani’s work? More… Discuss