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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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| 1828–9 | 1828–9 The Polytechnic Institute

| 1828–9 | 1828–9 The Polytechnic Institute

(p.453) 45 | 1828–9 The Polytechnic Institute
Hans Christian Ørsted

Dan C. Christensen

Oxford University Press

Ørsted modifies Ursin's plan to establish a polytechnic school. Ørsted's revision aims at an Academic institution affiliated with the University, whereas Ursin's plan is modelled on the German Gewerbeschule. After several abortive attempts Ørsted now realizes that in order to succeed he has to come up with something cheap. He therefore offers to incorporate the Society for the Dissemination of Science in Denmark. Thus, in reality, Ørsted's Polytechnic Institute comes very close to forming a Faculty of Physics and Chemistry at the University. They share admission rules, most of the staff, premises, some courses, and a course catalogue. He waives a salary for himself. True, the Polytechnic Institute disposes of a workshop and a drawing office, but soon these facilities are sacrifices for taking too much time away from lectures. The rivalry between the Military High School and the Polytechnic Institute is poignant. The ground plan is shown and Ørsted's inauguration speech described. Industrial criticism.

Keywords:   Ursin, Gewerbeschule, the Society for the Dissemination of Science in Denmark, the Polytechnic Institute, the University, ground plan, Ørsted's inauguration speech

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