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Etienne-Jules Marey: measuring the living

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  00:08:00  2000  Color  Sound

Etienne-Jules Marey (1830-1904), a physiologist and precursor of the cinema, invented some improved apparatus for measuring life processes and wrote a thesis on the circulation of the blood.His sphygmograph uses a sensor to measure arterial blood pressure. He also invented a cardiograph, the ancestor of the electrocardiogram which measures heart rhythms. Athletic effort can be measured via the variation and strength of the signal. The principles underlying these measurements have remained the same since Marey's time, the only difference being that measurement of the consumption of dioxygen is now included.

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Audiovisual processPrises de vues réelles. Utilisation d'images d'archives (gravures, photographies; photographies de E.J. Marey animées par Jean-Dominique Lajoux).
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NotesFilm réalisé dans le cadre de l'exposition "Osez le savoir" sur le sport et la société à la Cité des sciences.
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Item No.937
PublicTeaching ; Large audience
Original SupportVideo DV Cam
Delivery supportBeta SP
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