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The Resource Dawn of the neuron : the early struggles to trace the origin of nervous systems, Michel Anctil

Dawn of the neuron : the early struggles to trace the origin of nervous systems, Michel Anctil

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Dawn of the neuron : the early struggles to trace the origin of nervous systems
Title
Dawn of the neuron
Title remainder
the early struggles to trace the origin of nervous systems
Statement of responsibility
Michel Anctil
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In science, sometimes it is best to keep things simple. Initially discrediting the discovery of neurons in jellyfish, mid-nineteenth-century scientists grouped jellyfish, comb-jellies, hydra, and sea anemones together under one term - "coelenterates"--And deemed these animals too similar to plants to warrant a nervous system. In Dawn of the Neuron, Michel Anctil shows how Darwin's theory of evolution completely eradicated this idea and cleared the way for the modern study of the neuron. Once zoologists accepted the notion that varying levels of animal complexity could evolve, they began to use simple-structured creatures such as coelenterates and sponges to understand the building blocks of more complicated nervous systems. Dawn of the Neuron provides fascinating insights into the labours and lives of scientists who studied coelenterate nervous systems over several generations, and who approached the puzzling origin of the first nerve cells through the process outlined in evolutionary theory. Anctil also reveals how these scientists, who were willing to embrace improved and paradigm-changing scientific methods, still revealed their cultural backgrounds, their societal biases, and their attachments to schools of thought and academic traditions while presenting their ground-breaking work. Their attitudes toward the neuron doctrine - where neurons are individual, self-contained cells - proved decisive in the exploration of how neurons first emerged. Featuring photographs and historical sketches to illustrate this quest for knowledge, Dawn of the Neuron is a remarkably in-depth exploration of the link between Darwin's theory of evolution and pioneering studies and understandings of the first evolved nervous systems"--Amazon.com
Additional physical form
Issued also in electronic format.
Cataloging source
NLC
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1945-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Anctil, Michel
Dewey number
611/.809
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
QP353
LC item number
.A53 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
QL 378.2
NLM item number
A542d 2015
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Neurophysiology
  • Nervous system
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Neurons
  • Cnidaria
  • Neurons
  • Nervous System
  • Biological Evolution
  • Neurophysiology
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Système nerveux
  • Neurophysiologie
  • Neuroanatomie
  • Neurones
  • Nervous system
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Neurons
  • Neurophysiology
Label
Dawn of the neuron : the early struggles to trace the origin of nervous systems, Michel Anctil
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-361) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Acknowledgments -- Preface -- The Precursors -- Louis Agassiz and the First Description of Jellyfish Neurons -- German Zoologists and the Rediscovery of Nerves in Jellyfish -- The Hertwig Brothers Open a New Era -- The Experimental Approach to Jellyfish Neurobiology: George Romanes and Theodor Eimer -- Edward Schäfer, Jellyfish, and the Neuron Doctrine -- In the Footsteps of the Giants -- George H. Parker and the Broad View of the Elementary Nervous System -- Emil Bozler and the Rise of the Comparative Physiologists -- Carl Pantin and the Well-Tempered Nerve Net -- The Modern Era -- Concluding Remarks -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
ocn908628855
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 370 pages
Isbn
9780773545717
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780773545717
  • (OCoLC)908628855
Label
Dawn of the neuron : the early struggles to trace the origin of nervous systems, Michel Anctil
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-361) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Acknowledgments -- Preface -- The Precursors -- Louis Agassiz and the First Description of Jellyfish Neurons -- German Zoologists and the Rediscovery of Nerves in Jellyfish -- The Hertwig Brothers Open a New Era -- The Experimental Approach to Jellyfish Neurobiology: George Romanes and Theodor Eimer -- Edward Schäfer, Jellyfish, and the Neuron Doctrine -- In the Footsteps of the Giants -- George H. Parker and the Broad View of the Elementary Nervous System -- Emil Bozler and the Rise of the Comparative Physiologists -- Carl Pantin and the Well-Tempered Nerve Net -- The Modern Era -- Concluding Remarks -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
ocn908628855
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 370 pages
Isbn
9780773545717
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780773545717
  • (OCoLC)908628855

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