The Spark of Life

The Spark of Life

Electricity in the Human Body

Book - 2012
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Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2012.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780393078039
Branch Call Number: 612. 01427 ASH
Characteristics: 339 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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Jul 01, 2016

This book is what at max a depth of analysis and research can get on a particular topic. It is a heavy cumulative collection of studies in "antique" history and in modern history, with up to 60 different technological development and devices are identified within; all of which not only study the past but inspire the future, too. From the same island, where grave robbers used to sell the corpses to scientists, comes the author of this book, a fan of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, a prof a the University of Oxford.

Many of my one-pager research articles use references from this book, and each are in touch with "Human Immortality in Physical Norms" , and my study on aftermath of Marc Caro's space sci-fi "Dante 01"

ChristchurchLib Dec 18, 2012

In 1771, Italian physician Luigi Galvani discovered that dead frogs will kick their legs when shocked; shortly after, his nephew Giovanni Aldini electrocuted fresh corpses to achieve a similar effect. Their discoveries marked the beginning of a new scientific field, one dedicated to study of the electrical energy produced by living tissues or organisms. In The Spark of Life, Oxford physiology professor Frances Ashcroft reveals how our bodies produce, conduct, and transmit electricity -- and what effects this has on our health and survival. From the ion channels that play a role in conception to the cessation of pulses between nerve endings that leads to death, electricity truly governs every aspect of our lives.

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Nov 17, 2012

Though I love science writing, I found this book very disappointing. To begin with, the type was improperly set, creating highly distracting spaces within words, like this: spar k of li fe. Beyond that, the explanations of intracellular mechanisms remained bewildering and opaque. I am trained in the sciences, and expect to be able to understand anything presented in such a work intended for the general public. Not in this book!

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