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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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| 1823 The Triumphal Progress

| 1823 The Triumphal Progress


(p.390) 39 | 1823 The Triumphal Progress
Hans Christian Ørsted

Dan C. Christensen

Oxford University Press

Ørsted is invited to the Royal Society and honoured by Davy in Somerset House, where he gives a speech. He visits the University of Cambridge and talks science with Whewell et al. In London he is invited to Greenwich, the Royal Institution and the London Institution. His impressions are sketched. He meets Faraday, who proves the rotation of the electromagnetic force, and consequently supports Ørsted against Ampère. Faraday rebuked by his superiors for having published his experiment. Ørsted meets Babbage. He receives news about the overwhelming majority voting him into the French Academy. Ørsted travels by steamer to Scotland and meets Brewster, who commissions him to write on electromagnetism for the Encyclopaedia Britannica, and also Walter Scott, with whom he discusses the possible publication of Oehlenschläger's comedy ‘Robinson in England’.He visits the industrial cities of Liverpool and Manchester and reflects on the predicament of the working classes.

Keywords:   Royal Society, Davy, Cambridge, Whewell, Greenwich, Royal Institution, London Institution, Babbage, member of The French Academy, Brewster, Scott, Manchester

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