RuCCS Colloquia

Three before their time: neuroscientists whose ideas were ignored by their contemporaries

Dr. Charles Gross

Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 01:00pm - 02:00pm

Princeton University, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Institute

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Sometimes, a scientist's ideas are rejected by their contemporaries or, simply ignored. Much more rarely, these ideas become accepted as revolutionary insights decades or even centuries later. I will primarily discuss three such cases in neuroscience, Emanuel Swedenborg's (1688-1772) ideas on cerebral cortex, Claude Bernard's (1813-1878) theory that a complex nervous system depends on the constancy of the internal environment and Joseph Altman's (1925-) discovery of adult neurogenesis. I will discuss the context of their work, why their ideas were ignored, and how these ideas finally triumphed.

Dr. Charles Gross

The RuCCS Colloquia Series is organized by Dr. Julien Musolino and Dr. Sara Pixley. The talks are held on Tuesdays in the Psychology Building, Room 101 on the Busch Campus from 1:00-2:30pm.

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