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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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 | 1802–3  | 1802–3 Post-revolutionary Paris

 | 1802–3  | 1802–3 Post-revolutionary Paris

(p.135) 14 | 1802–3 Post-revolutionary Paris
Hans Christian Ørsted

Dan C. Christensen

Oxford University Press

Ørsted settles down in Paris, where he stays for nearly one year, and hires a French language teacher.He continues to see Schlegel and joins the Philomatic Society and the Parisian Athénée. The radical transformation of higher education during the French Revolution and the meritocracy of the scientific community are explained. Ørsted joins the lectures delivered by Charles and Vauquelin appreciating the first in particular. He pays visits to École Polytechnique and is flattered to be invited to see Berthollet, whose forthcoming theory of affinity he anticipates with high hope. The prestige of the Society of Arcueil and particularly its leading member, Laplace, is outlined. Finally, the social positions of Ørsted and Ritter and those of the French elite are juxtaposed.

Keywords:   The Philomatic Society, the Athénées, the First Class of the National Institute, the Society of Arcueil, Ècole Polytechnique, Napoleon, Charles, Vauquelin, Berthollet, Laplace

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