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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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| 1842–8 | 1842–8 The Centenary of the RoyalDanish Society

| 1842–8 | 1842–8 The Centenary of the RoyalDanish Society

(p.544) 52 | 1842–8 The Centenary of the RoyalDanish Society
Hans Christian Ørsted

Magnetischer Verein

Henrik Steffens

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Molbech is assigned to write the jubilee publication of the Royal Danish Society. The chapters on Ørsted's epoch are seen as predominantly critical by Ørsted, who is hurt. He is reprimanded for his omission to give an obituary in honour of Bugge. Secondly, whereas Ørsted considers his transactions a great improvement, Molbech sees them as a mess paying too little attention to his own hobbyhorse, the Danish Dictionary.—The international scientific cooperation in the Magnetischer Verein involves observatories in Copenhagen, Christiania, Göttingen, Leipzig, Milan, and London. The lucky mishap of observations of magnetic storms in Milan and Copenhagen is explained.—Ørsted reviews Steffens's ‘Polemical Papers’ and once again he expresses an oppositional, though balanced, view on Naturphilosophie and incorporates the theory into his philosophy of the history of science.—Colding becomes Ørsted's assistant to measure the compressibility of liquids. Inspired by Ørsted's dynamical theory Colding proceeds with experiments leading to his theory on the imperishability of forces. The historiographical differences about Ørsted's failure to appreciate Colding's discovery from the outset are discussed, especially with Caneva.

Keywords:   Molbech, Ørsted, Magnetischer Verein, magnetic storms, Ørsted's review of Steffens's ‘Polemical Papers’, Colding's experiments on the imperishability of forces, Caneva's critique of Ørsted refuted

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