|An illustration, from the 2011 Time Magazine article section "Electricity Crackles to Life", showing Italian Luigi Galvani conducting 1791 experiments of the ability of sparks or electricity to produce movement in dead matter (what he termed as "animal electricity"); a further perusal of his 1771 discovery that dead frog legs can be made to twitch when connected to an metal-junction type of electrochemical circuit (frog legs suspended by copper hooks on an iron rail, the arc or switch made by touching a scalpel of the foot to the rail). |
"While one of those who were assisting me touched lightly, and by chance, the point of his scalpel to the internal crural nerves of the frog, suddenly all the muscles of its limbs were seen to be so contracted that they seemed to have fallen into tonic convulsions."
|The 1983 Berni Wrightson depiction of frankenstein: a body brought to life (reanimated) via electricity. |
"I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet. … By the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs."
“The original spark of life may have begun in a warm little pond, with all sorts of ammonia and phosphoric salts, lights, heat, electricity, etc. present, so that a protein compound was chemically formed ready to undergo still more complex changes.”
|The 1952 warm pond experiment of American chemists Stanley Miller and Harold Urey, according to which the so-called "components" of life can be synthesized from simple inorganic components, following several days of "sparking". |