Seminar – Gabriel Finkelstein

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In sabbatical stay
in Cédric Brun’s team (Neuroscience, Humanities and Society – IMN)


Friday 25 March at 11:30

Centre Broca and on Zoom


ID de réunion : 848 4304 5602
Code secret : 33000


The french roots of electrophysiology


This talk looks at the subject of my biography, the German physiologist Emil du Bois-Reymond (1818–1896). With respect to his philosophy of biological reduction, his methods of electrophysiological experiment, and his co-discovery of the action potential, du Bois-Reymond is generally considered one of the founders of neuroscience. Less well known are the origins of his innovation: French writers shaped his outlook on science, just as French scientists shaped his practice in the laboratory. I contend that du Bois-Reymond’s originality is the product of his synthesis of French traditions with German concerns. 

Publication: 21/03/22
Last update 21/03/22