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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 The Triumphal Progress

| 1822–3 | 1822–3 The Triumphal Progress


(p.376) 38 | 1822–3 The Triumphal Progress
Hans Christian Ørsted

Dan C. Christensen

Oxford University Press

The differences between Ørsted's dynamism and French corpuscular theory are reflected inside the French Academy of Science. These differences are formulated in four points. Arago's and Ampére's conflicting experiments are explained and Ørsted's discussions with Ampère continue without reaching agreement. This discussion spreads from the lab to the universe. The division in the French Academy between ‘ultras’ and ‘liberals’ is influenced in no small ways by Ørsted's discovery. Ørsted's discovery encouraged the latter and contributed to the downfall of the former and Laplace. Ørsted meets Laplace at private parties, gives a speech in the Louvre, and demonstrates thermoelectricity and his piezometer to the Academy, but he is not admitted into it, nor is the Napoleon Prize in sight.

Keywords:   the French Academy of Science, four points of disagreement, Arago, Ampère, ‘liberals’ and ‘ultras’, the downfall of Laplace

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