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Jennifer: "The Brainiacs have landed at KITP!"

Can Lex Luthor be far behind?

If you haven't seen Stanley Finger's fantastic Origins of Neuroscience, it's available on Google books:,M1

"The two men ended up sharing the 1906 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. It seems fair. "

A good summary, but it's even better than that :
Golgi was 1/ Italian 2/ older 3/ with a whole career so full that even without the reazione nera he deserve ne Price.
But as time when by, he became more and more entrenched in his idea of reticularism : in th 1890, it was still entertained by other scientists but at the time of the attribution of the price his support of it was seen as obstinate.
Cajal spearheaded a new school of young Spanish histologists (yes, nationalist bigotry probably played a role), with a very modern and functional approach of the discipline. His achievements were fresher but just as worthy.
The votes of the Nobel comity between 1901 and 1906 showed the decline of Golgi and the rise of Cajal. In the end, even the defenders of the formers asked for a coupled Price.

It stays to this day (and to my knowledge) the only time when the recipients of a double Nobel made their acceptance speeches not the same day, not a few weeks/months apart (out of impossibilities), but one day and the next...
There would be much to say on the difference between their speeches too!

Go and read Cajal's "Vacation stories", so-called "science-fiction" tales publihed at the time under the handle "Dr. Bacteria".

And I think I'm a little in love with him...

Awwww Damnable typos !! Sorry...
> he deserved the price
> in the 1890's
> the vote record
> the former
> published

I look into the microscope just to check my status.... STATUS.

I look into the microscope, I see gogli apparatus!

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