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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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| 1820 | 1820 The Happiest Year

| 1820 | 1820 The Happiest Year

(p.326) (p.327) 34 | 1820 The Happiest Year
Hans Christian Ørsted

Dan C. Christensen

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with Ørsted's businesses during the first seven months of 1820, his annus mirabilis. First his personal economy is surveyed on the basis of his sources of income and the family's consumption and expenses. Dr Forchhammer embarks on his grand tour, while Dr Zeise returns from Paris. Dyssel is employed. Ørsted lectures privately on electricity and magnetism, and in April he observes for the first time a vague deflection of a compass needle when exposed to the electrical force. He omits to pursue the success to take care of his many obligations: editing Chaptal's Chemistry, marking students’ assignments, standing for re-election as secretary of the Royal Danish Society, hosting the formation of the Student's Association, etc.

Keywords:   Ørsted's private economy, forchhammer, Zeise, Dyssel, lecture series on electricity and magnetism, first experiment on electromagnetism, the Students’ Association

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