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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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| 1808 | 1808 The Royal Danish Society of Sciences and Letters

| 1808 | 1808 The Royal Danish Society of Sciences and Letters

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Hans Christian Ørsted

Dan C. Christensen

Oxford University Press

Ørsted's report on his experiments on sonorous figures opened the doors to membership of the Royal Danish Society of Sciences and Letters in 1808, although not without opposition from his old rival, professor Bugge, head of the society. Soon after Ørsted challenged him. Bugge suggested a ballistic investigation of Congreve's rockets for the annual prize question, whereas Ørsted came up with an alternative on the relationship between electricity and magnetism. This was a provocation, since Bugge believed with the French Academy of Science that a relationship between the two had already been doomed to denial. No satisfactory prize essay was submitted, and Ørsted had to come up with the correct answer himself 12 years later. More quarrels with Bugge are described. The same year Ørsted acquired new premises for himself and his collection of instruments, and his father having sold his pharmacy in Rudkøbing moved in with his son.

Keywords:   the Royal Danish Society of Sciences and Letters, Ørsted's membership, quarrels with Bugge, prize question on electromagnetism, Ørsted's father moves in with his son

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