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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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| 1846 | 1846 Homage in Britain

| 1846 | 1846 Homage in Britain

(p.585) 55 | 1846 Homage in Britain
Hans Christian Ørsted

Dan C. Christensen

Oxford University Press

Herschel invites Ørsted to attend the annual BAAS conference in Southampton in 1846. Mathilde and Professor Forchhammer and his wife join him. The itinerary takes them to the Cathedral of Cologne where Ørsted reflects on Gothic architecture. In Paris they experience an attempt at assassinating King Louis Philippe. Ørsted wastes his time by waiting for an audience with the King of France. The travel company enjoys two weeks of sightseeing in London. They visit the Polytechnic Institution, Adelaide Gallery, Colosseum, the Zoo, and British Museum, and have lunch with Babbage, who shows he calculating engine. Ørsted is daguerreotyped by Claudet. A brief history of the BAAS is rendered. Ørsted indulges himself in warm receptions. Courtesy speeches are exchanged, and Ørsted is celebrated for his ingenious idea about the unity of the forces. Ørsted and Mathilde make friends with the Horner family. Upon his return to London he meets Faraday in the Royal Institution

Keywords:   baas conference in southampton 1846, cologne, Paris, London, Adelaide Gallery, Babbage, Claudet, Herschel, Horner, Faraday

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