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Second edition (the work's first appearance was in the proceedings of the Bologna Academy of Science and as its offprint issued in about a dozen copies for private distribution), first edition in book form, first edition of Giovanni Aldini's commentary on animal electricity and of the appended exchange of letters in Italian between Galvani and Bassano Carminati on Volta's repetition of Galvani's experiments, which Volta interpreted correctly not as animal electricity but as chemical action. Galvani had hit quite by accident upon the central phenomenon of "galvanism": the production of an electric current between two metals in a moist environment. Contact electricity led to Volta's invention of the pile and the first continuous and controllable electric current. Galvani's influence on the modern development of energy, electrochemistry and electromagnetism is therefore an indirect one.