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Hans Christian Ørsted: Reading Nature's Mind

Dan Ch. Christensen


Hans Christian Ørsted (1777–1851), the discoverer of electromagnetism, came to be of great importance as a scientist and philosopher far beyond the borders of Denmark and his own time. The centre of an international network of scholars, he was instrumental in establishing the world picture of modern physics. Ørsted was the physicist who brought Kant’s metaphysics to fruition. His discovery of electromagnetism in 1820, a phenomenon that could not possibly exist according to his adversaries, changed the course of research in physics; it inspired M. Faraday’s experiments and discovery of the adve ... More

Keywords: electromagnetism, kant’s metaphysics of nature, naturphilosophie, Danish Golden Age, laplacean science, aesthetics of nature, science and religion, science and literature, science and technology, education

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199669264
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669264.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dan Ch. Christensen, author
Retired from Roskilde University, Denmark

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Part II The Cosmospolitan


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Part v the triumphator

Part vi the organiser

Part vii Fame and Tribulations