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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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| 1822–3 | 1822–3 Ørsted's Triumphal Progress

| 1822–3 | 1822–3 Ørsted's Triumphal Progress


(p.360) 37 | 1822–3 Ørsted's Triumphal Progress
Hans Christian Ørsted

Dan C. Christensen

Oxford University Press

Ørsted's discovery did not stir a sensation in his own country. Two years later, however, he went on his triumphal progress to be celebrated abroad accompanied by a young painter and would-be architect, Bindesbøll. His correspondence with Gitte secures detailed knowledge of his travel experience. She feels comforted in his absence by watching Eckersberg's portrait of him. Ørsted sends her instructions of rearing their children. Gitte had problems with their foster-child. Ørsted visits Prince Carl of Hessen, Grand Master of the Freemasons of Denmark-Norway. Prince Carl interprets electromagnetism according to Freemasonic ideas and asks Ørsted for help to publish his manuscript on hieroglyphs in Paris, but to no avail. Ørsted learns about Seebeck's thermoelectricity. He visits Goethe in Weimar and they air plans of a science conference. Finally, he visits Fraunhofer in Munich.

Keywords:   Ørsted's triumphal progress, correspondence with Gitte, Eckersberg's portrait. Prince Carl of Hessen, Seebeck's thermoelectricity, Nicollet, Goethe, Fraunhofer

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