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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

The chapter opens with a description of the circumstances behind the unexpected appearance in 1997 of a single printed copy of Ørsted's ‘Theory of Force’, intended to become the second volume of his textbook. Originally, Ørsted had planned this volume to expose his dynamical project, but apparently was frustrated to recognize the insurmountable difficulties in fulfilling it and never published it, but used part of it for inclusion in his major work. Ørsted's deliberations on structure and content are outlined, and his reasons for abandoning the distinction between a lower and a higher theory of force are stated. Ansicht is a range of reflections on hypotheses on chemistry, galvanism, heat, light, and magnetism. He states his idea of a ‘thought-experiment’. Finally, the ambiguous reception of his major work by Coleridge and Th. Thomson is sketched.

Keywords:   Ørsted's Theory of Force, lower and higher theory of force, structure and contents of Ansicht, thought-experiment, reception of Ansicht by Coleridge and Th. Thomson

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