Discovering Electricity - Twitching Frog Legs

In the late 18th century, two Italian academics—Luigi Galvani and Alessandro Volta—had competing theories on what caused a dissected frog's leg to twitch.

Galvani developed a theory of "animal electricity."  In short, he thought that something inside the frog was producing the electricity which caused a frog's leg to twitch.

Volta completely disagreed, believing that whatever made the frog's leg twitch came from outside, not inside, the frog's body. 

This clip, narrated by Professor Jim Al-Khalili (from the Open University), provides background for this great debate.

Media Credits

Discovering Electricity - Twitching Frog Legslip from "History of Electricity," a production by the BBC and Open University, online via BBC's Channel at YouTube.  Copyright BBC, all rights reserved.  Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the production.


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