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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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| 1812–15 The Prime Mover of Danish Science, and Gitte's First-Born Child

| 1812–15 The Prime Mover of Danish Science, and Gitte's First-Born Child

(p.288) 31 | 1812–15 The Prime Mover of Danish Science, and Gitte's First-Born Child
Hans Christian Ørsted

Dan C. Christensen

Oxford University Press

Ørsted delivers his meagre report on his second grand tour to the King. He suggests a reorganization of the sciences at the University to lever a Faculty of Science, but to no avail. Ørsted is elected secretary of the Royal Danish Society of Sciences and Letters and immediately starts reforming it. He refuses to give a commemorative speech in honour of Bugge, his predecessor. Ørsted is re-elected as secretary for seven five-year terms. King Frederik VI returns from the Congress of Vienna and lets himself be anointed. Anders and Hans Christian are decorated, and their wives reluctantly join the celebrations. The prisoners of the rasp-house revolt against the brutal treatment by the authorities, and Anders protests against the severe and inappealable sentences passed by the court martial. Gitte gives birth to a daughter, and Ørsted becomes a paterfamilias. He is upset by the University's removal of his scientific instruments.

Keywords:   Ørsted's report, Ørsted as secretary of the Royal Danish Society, Bugge, the revolt of prisoners, Anders's dissent, Gitte's first daughter, scientific instruments

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