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Emil du Bois-Reymond: Neuroscience, Self, and Society in Nineteenth-Century Germany (Transformations: Studies in the History of Science and Technology) [Kindle Edition]

Gabriel Finkelstein

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Emil du Bois-Reymond is the most important forgotten intellectual of the nineteenth century. In his own time (1818--1896) du Bois-Reymond grew famous in his native Germany and beyond for his groundbreaking research in neuroscience and his provocative addresses on politics and culture. This biography by Gabriel Finkelstein draws on personal papers, published writings, and contemporary responses to tell the story of a major scientific figure. Du Bois-Reymond's discovery of the electrical transmission of nerve signals, his innovations in laboratory instrumentation, and his reductionist methodology all helped lay the foundations of modern neuroscience.In addition to describing the pioneering experiments that earned du Bois-Reymond a seat in the Prussian Academy of Sciences and a professorship at the University of Berlin, Finkelstein recounts du Bois-Reymond's family origins, private life, public service, and lasting influence. Du Bois-Reymond's public lectures made him a celebrity. In talks that touched on science, philosophy, history, and literature, he introduced Darwin to German students (triggering two days of debate in the Prussian parliament); asked, on the eve of the Franco-Prussian War, whether France had forfeited its right to exist; and proclaimed the mystery of consciousness, heralding the age of doubt. The first modern biography of du Bois-Reymond in any language, this book recovers an important chapter in the history of science, the history of ideas, and the history of Germany.

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Gabriel Finkelstein is Associate Professor of History at the University of Colorado Denver.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3925 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (1 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GWXQWX8
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I am an associate professor of history at the University of Colorado Denver, where I teach modern European history. I studied physics at Amherst and history at Princeton; I held posts at UPenn, Göttingen, UCLA, and Princeton; and I spent a total of nine years in France, Germany, and China. My biography of Emil du Bois-Reymond took me more than two decades to research.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful English and almost no typos 11 April 2015
By Horst O Schwassmann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a superbly written biography. Beautiful English and almost no typos. I have few personal reservations; one is that
the narrative is almost too intimately personal with too much emphasis on his idiosyncratic quibbles with contemporaries,
another is a certain lack of subject matter discussion of his many accomplishments, as, for example du Bois-Reymond's
masterpiece " Dr. Carl Sachs Untersuchungen am Zitteraal,1881, which is barely listed in the refs., although Carl Sachs untimely death is mentioned. In all, this volume is a pleasure to read, especially for me since I attended my first lectures
in anatomy and physiology in Rudolf Vircho's Charite in Berlin in 1941.
p.s: I corrected the star ratings, sorry, hos
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