The bulletin of mathematical biophysics

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 79–81 | Cite as

Equivalence of the theories of nervous excitation of Hill, Monnier, and Rashevsky

  • Alston S. Householder


New and direct proofs of the equivalence of the three theories of nervous excitation are developed, and by the introduction of theHauptnutzzeit as the unit of time and a special unit for the measurement of the excitatory state, a normal form for Rashevsky's equations is obtained which exhibits clearly the relations among the various independent parameters.


Excitatory State Normal Form Natural Unit Direct Proof Equivalent Theory 
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© The University of Chicago Press 1944

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alston S. Householder
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  1. 1.The University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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