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Text And Translation: Ritter's Appendix To The Fragments

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This section presents an appendix of Johann Wilhelm Ritter, a Romantic-era scientist. The record of Ritter's matriculation in Jena is dated April 27th, 1796, but beyond this date there are few traces of his first years in Jena. Ritter's best known work from the Jena years is the 1798 Proof That a Constant Galvanism Accompanies the Life Process in the Animal Realm, which mediates the dissenting views of Volta and Galvani and argues for the existence of an animal electricity. The Proof helped to solidify Ritter's status as one of the foremost experimenters of the decade, and his discoveries helped garner him a niche in the reference books of scientific history.

Keywords: animal electricity; Jena; Johann Wilhelm Ritter



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