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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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| 1815–17 | 1815–17 Dynamical Research A.S. Ørsted's Dissent

| 1815–17 | 1815–17 Dynamical Research A.S. Ørsted's Dissent

(p.298) 32 | 1815–17 Dynamical Research A.S. Ørsted's Dissent
Hans Christian Ørsted

Dan C. Christensen

Oxford University Press

Ørsted's lectures on physics and agricultural chemistry for fees. In 1815 he begins his monthly lectures on scientific discoveries and technical inventions. Up till 1848 he delivered altogether 237 monthly lectures. His lecturing style is explained. He receives a royal grant to write a textbook on chemistry which is never accomplished. His investigations of Coulomb's experiments are analyzed and he questions the inverse-square law. He hypothesizes a new law of the propagation of electrical forces. He acquires a new trough apparatus, improves it, and makes experiments with Esmarch. He starts his experiments on the compressibility of liquids with his own piezometer, the purpose of which is to ascertain his dynamical theory of matter. Another revolt by prisoners of the rasp-house takes place. Once again Anders chooses insubordination by opposing the legal procedure adopted by the King.

Keywords:   Ørsted's monthly lectures, Coulomb's inverse-square law, propagation of electrical forces, trough apparatus, Esmarch, piezometer, Anders's second dissent

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