Talk:Luigi Galvani

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Did luigi galvani have any quotes? --11 December 2004 (edit) User: (Talk) hfrjhcgjhfgvggvgfshgvhgvjfd — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:12, 16 October 2013 (UTC)

Frog's Leg[edit]

The statement has frequently been repeated that, in 1786, Galvani had noticed that the leg of a skinned frogupon the muscles of frogs. The observation that the suspension of certain of these animals on an iron railing by copper hooks caused twitching in the muscles of their legs led him to the invention of his metallic arc, the first experiment with which is described in the third part of the Commentary, with the date September 20, 1786. [1] --10 October 2005 (edit) (undo) User:Omegatron (Talk | contribs)

Good work, I added some of this. --Sadi Carnot 16:10, 6 February 2007 (UTC)

I've heard some things about Galvani's wife having something to do with the observation of that particular event, but can find nothing on the 'net about it. Anyone know anything about this? K K 08:07, 6 May 2007 (UTC)

Galvani's Wife & Earlier Bioelectricity Experiments[edit]

I'm writing a paper loosely related to Galvani's work right now, and have come across an account that does put his wife in the room with him (suggesting she was in fact the person to notice the frog's leg twitch). The book is by Herbert W. Meyer, called A History of Electricity & Magnetism (1971), published by MIT press.

Also, this book suggests that Galvani was not the first to observe the connection between animal matter and electricity, though he may have been the first to associate this phenomenon with nerve endings specifically. Apparently, some physiologists named Joseph and Caldani (French and Italian) noted the contractions of frog leg muscles under the influence of electricity in 1700, and Dutch biologist Jan Swammerdam also performed some similar experiments in 1752.

Can anyone confirm this?

Joannayo 16:30, 4 December 2007 (UTC)

Only professor's daughter ever?[edit]

"In 1764 he married a well-liked woman of society named, Lucia Galleazzi, she is the only daughter of a professor at the University of Bologna." When I first read that, I laughed quite heartily at the thought of a thousand-year-old university, which had probably had thousands of professors, producing only one professor who ever had a daughter. Then I re-read it and realized that it meant that she was the only daughter of a specific person, which made me feel foolish.

Then I read it a third time, and realized that the wording itself is foolish as well. The professor is not named, so it seems like a generic use of any professor from that university in all of history. If a woman who has been dead for two centuries is referred to in the present tense "she is the only...." then it should refer to something that is ongoing and contemporary, such as a long-standing, utterly preposterous, unenforceable, and only-once-broken rule about a lack of daughters among University of Bologna professors. It sounds to me like you could perfectly modify it to say "she is to this date the only..." and achieve the same exact meaning... which is why I shall be tweaking it. Chaparral2J (talk) 12:28, 3 May 2008 (UTC)

Source of "animal electricty"[edit]

Hi I read from a number of sites about Luigi Galvani's belief that the source of "animal electricty" was from a fluid secreted by the brain. Does anyone have any verification of this or sources that I can reference for the article?


June 9, 2008

Spool Testing ?[edit]

I removed this uncited sentence:

At first he thought about being a mechanic because he loved taking and dealing with spool testing.

Doesn't "spool testing" sound like a Monty Python phrase?

I have seen some vague evidence that Galvani was interested in contraptions and gadgets, but nothing worth citing. I'll do some more reading and if I can find more information about "spool testing" or "taking and dealing" I'll add it.

Caltrop (talk) 14:23, 27 June 2010 (UTC)

third order of Saint Francis[edit]

I read in the aritcle that "At first he wished to enter the church.".. It would be useful to add that he become member of the Third Order of Saint Francis [2]. Anyway it's "Church" and not "church".-- (talk) 06:38, 22 October 2011 (UTC)

Galvani banned from teaching and lost all his income[edit]

"In 1796, Napoleon and the French Army arrived at Bologna. One year later, they forced the professors of university and the civils servant to swear fidelity with the new mode, that is to say the Cisalpine Republic. Galvani refused to pronounce this oath which consisted in promising a feeling of hatred against any person and any institution who did not share the ideas of the revolution, for religious reason but also for a question of principle (considering the assent of the curia bolonaise). Thus after thirty-three years of teaching, it lost its station and all the remunerations from which it profited."[3]
"He took refuge with his brother Giacomo and broke down completely through poverty and discouragement."[4].-- (talk) 06:52, 22 October 2011 (UTC)

His wife Marcus?[edit]

"... especially after the death of his wife, Marcus, in 1840".

Actually, I believe his wife was called Caterina. -- (talk) 22:04, 5 November 2012 (UTC)