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This Day in History: Frankenstein Is Published (1818)


This Day in History

Frankenstein Is Published (1818)

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley‘s Frankenstein, or, the Modern Prometheus is a gothic novel that spawned a new genre of horror stories. It tells the story of Frankenstein, a scientist who discovers how to bring inanimate matter to life and, in the process, creates a man-monster. When Frankenstein fails to provide a mate to satisfy the creature’s human emotions, it seeks revenge. Mary Shelley came up with the idea for the novel while vacationing at the home of what famous poet? More… Discuss

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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