Letter from the University of Aberdeen to My Dear Sir
Scope and Contents
The letter refers to Galvanism and an analogy made by the unknown correspondee and to how Pirie objects to the analogy. The letter refers to an argument from Oliphant? and how the correspondee's argument 'is ingenious'.
- Pirie, William Robinson, 1804-1885 (professor of divinity and principal, University of Aberdeen) (Person)
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Biographical / Historical
This letter from Pirie appears to relate to 'Galvanism' and an argument around the subject, or an aspect of it. Galvanism is the contraction of a muscle that is stimulated by an electric current. In physics and chemistry, it is the induction of electrical current from a chemical reaction, typically between two chemicals with differing electronegativities. The effect was named after the scientist Luigi Galvani, who investigated the effect of electricity on dissected animals in the 1780s and 1790s.
The modern study of galvanic effects in biology is called electrophysiology, the term galvanism being used only in historical contexts.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Letter from W. R. Pirie, University of Aberdeen, to 'My Dear Sir' dated 24 June 1869
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