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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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| 1820–21 | 1820–21 Domestic and Foreign Reactions

| 1820–21 | 1820–21 Domestic and Foreign Reactions

(p.350) 36 | 1820–21 Domestic and Foreign Reactions
Hans Christian Ørsted

Dan C. Christensen

Oxford University Press

Experimenta meets with a variety of German reactions from Weiss, Pfaff, Gilbert, Seebeck, Erman, and Schweigger. The first to repeat Ørsted's experiment were the Swiss supplemented by Arago from Paris. Soon after the discovery is vindicated by a French commission headed by Laplace. This corroboration immediately entails further experiments by Arago and Ampère, which lead to the latter's discovery of the law of electrodynamics. Arago, however, supports Ørsted's claim of an electromagnetic spiral movement in the field around the conductor. In October Davy examines Ørsted's experiment with Faraday, his assistant, and reports approvingly to the Royal Society. Ørsted is awarded the Copley Medal. Faraday writes an article on the short history of electromagnetism and becomes totally absorbed by this new field of research. John Herschel compares Ørsted to Columbus. Ørsted hopes to be awarded the Napoleon Prize.

Keywords:   German reactions, Swiss and French confirmation, experiments by Arago and Ampère, Davy and Faraday, Herschel, Copley Medal, Napoleon Prize

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