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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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| 1812–13 | 1812–13 Second Journey Abroad Berlin and Paris

| 1812–13 | 1812–13 Second Journey Abroad Berlin and Paris

(p.254) 27 | 1812–13 Second Journey Abroad Berlin and Paris
Hans Christian Ørsted

Dan C. Christensen

Oxford University Press

Ørsted joins a Freemasonic lodge and is endowed with a travel grant by the King to study the utility of science. In fact Ørsted ignores this purpose. The scant archival material to illuminate this grand tour is explained. Professor Sibbern, a friend, yearns for encountering Goethe. Ørsted settles down in Berlin and makes friends with Barthold Niebuhr, a former Dane now Professor of History in Berlin, who is delighted with Ørsted's manuscript and helps him publish it as his major work |Ansicht.…. (‘View of the Chemical Laws of Nature….’) In Paris the book is translated to appear as Recherches.…. He meets Eckersberg and receives news from home that his brother and sister-in-law are seriously ill and in consequence short of money. Hans Christian generously compensates. Upon his return to Copenhagen he is shocked to learn that the University has removed his collection of instruments.

Keywords:   Freemasons, Travel grant, Sibbern, B. Niebuhr, Eckersberg, Ørsted's major work published in German and French, Anders and Sophie fall ill

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