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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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| 1804–9 | 1804–9 Textbook Writer and Professor

| 1804–9 | 1804–9 Textbook Writer and Professor

(p.187) 19 | 1804–9 Textbook Writer and Professor
Hans Christian Ørsted

Dan C. Christensen

Oxford University Press

In 1806 Ørsted obtains a professorship in Copenhagen. He takes inspiration from his lectures to authoring a textbook on natural science. Corresponding with Ritter on issues involved with writing a textbook. Ørsted decides to divide his textbook into two parts: one volume on mechanical physics and a second volume on dynamical physics, tentatively divided into a ‘lower’ and a ‘higher’ dynamics. The first volume was printed in 1807, but the copies were destroyed by the bombardment of Copenhagen, so it was only published two years later. Ørsted also pursued his investigations of Winterl's alleged elements, until Chenevix disclosed his fraud. Ørsted helps support Ritter's hopeless economy. Ørsted's own economical situation is sketched. He works out a plan to form a Practical Institute for the Experimental Sciences that does not materialize.

Keywords:   Ørsted as a textbook writer. The structure of textbooks discussed with Ritter. Winterl unmasked. Professor Ørsted. Supporting Ritter. Drafting a new plan

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