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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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Hans Christian Ørsted

Dan C. Christensen

Oxford University Press

H.C. Ørsted counsels his sister-in-law on marriage. The social life around the Ørsted family's dinner table is narrated. Hans Christian Andersen, Ørsted's protégé, becomes a friend of the family. Ørsted joins conferences in Hamburg and Berlin arranged by the Society of German Scientists and Physicians (GDNÄ) and meets colleagues, Weiss, Gauss, Humboldt, et al. A short description of the GDNÄ follows. Ørsted lectures on his theory of electromagnetism and his differences with Ampère. Ørsted demonstrates his ‘experimentum crucis’ to the Royal Danish Society. Ørsted insists that physical phenomena must be represented visually rather than mathematically. He explains his concept of ‘thought experiment’. He and Weiss take up the thread from their previous study circle on Kantian metaphysics of nature. His position concerning nuclear physics is elaborated.

Keywords:   The social life of the Ørsted family, Hans Christian Andersen, GDNÂ, Ørsted's theory of electromagnetism, non-mathematical representation of physics, Weiss, Gauss, Humboldt, nuclear physics

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