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Hans Christian ØrstedReading Nature's Mind$
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Dan Ch. Christensen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199669264

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669264.001.0001

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Hans Christian Ørsted

Dan C. Christensen

Oxford University Press

Ritter's character as the prototype of a Romantic self-made scientist is delineated and compared to Ørsted's. Similarities and differences are foregrounded. Goethe's patronage of Ritter and its discontinuation are described. The lifelong friendship between Ritter and Ørsted is founded and the reciprocal benefits are established.Ørsted stayed with Ritter at Oberweimar for forty days during which they talked, walked, and made physical and chemical experiments. Ørsted recommended Ritter to study the Hungarian Professor Winterl's Prolusiones, which expounded a theory of chemistry, in which both initially invested much hope. In Berlin Ørsted gained access to Hermbstaedt's newly established lab, where he tried to retrieve Winterl's alleged elements of ‘Andronia’ and ‘Thelycke’, while at the same time making Winterl's theory accessible in writing and lecturing. A German friend, Dr Mendel, publishes a German version of Ørsted's doctoral thesis under the title Ideen zu einer neuen Architektonik der Naturmetaphysik …

Keywords:   Ritter's character, Ørsted's friendship with Ritter, Winterl's Prolusiones, Ørsted's access to Hermbstaedt's lab, Ørsted working on Winterl, ideen zu einer neuen architektonik der naturmetaphyik

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