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Principles of the mosaic organization in the visual system‘s neuropil of Musca domestica

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Braitenberg,  V
Former Department Structure and Function of Natural Nerve-Net, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Strausfeld,  NJ
Former Department Structure and Function of Natural Nerve-Net, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Braitenberg, V., & Strausfeld, N. (1973). Principles of the mosaic organization in the visual system‘s neuropil of Musca domestica. In H. Autrum, & P. Bishop (Eds.), Central processing of visual information A: Integrative functions and comparative data (pp. 631-659). Berlin, Germany: Springer.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-F1DA-3
Abstract
As a short preface to this article we feel it is appropriate to quote, briefly, from a passage in Cajal’S autobiography (1937). He writes: “The complexity of the insect retina is something stupendous, disconcerting and without precedent in other animals. When one considers the inextricable thicket of the compound eye ….. when one discovers not one chiasma as in vertebrates but three chiasmas of enigmatic significance besides the inexhaustible supply of amacrine cells and centrifugal fibres; when one meditates, finally, on the infinite number and exquisite adjustment of all these histological factors, so delicate that the highest power of the microscope hardly brings them under observation, one is completely overwhelmed”.