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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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| 1840–50 | 1840–50 Polytechnic Criticism

| 1840–50 | 1840–50 Polytechnic Criticism

(p.600) 56 | 1840–50 Polytechnic Criticism
Hans Christian Ørsted

Dan C. Christensen

Oxford University Press

an anonymous reviewer tears Ørsted's ‘The Mechanical Part of Physics’ to pieces. Mathematical errors are particularly targeted. Hansteen and Holten submit rejoinders that do not stop the criticism. The anonymous reviewer transplants his slating to the University, but both targets remain silent. After two years the reviewer unmasks himself as a certain Icelandic, Mr Repp, whom Ørsted had denied a doctorate twenty years ago. Repp offers peace in return for a doctorate. Ørsted declines. Repp reiterates his offer in writing and Ørsted lets a newspaper print the letter crediting the reading public with sufficient intelligence to judge the case.— Steen criticizes Ørsted for employing less qualified staff in mathematics and technology and by Wilkens for giving the needs of industry lower priority than ‘education of the spirit’. To remedy this deplorable situation Wilkens proposes a reform of the Polytechnic Institute. Ørsted seems disinterested in contributing to the development of modern technology.

Keywords:   Ørsted's textbook slated by anonymous reviewer, Repp offers peace in return for a doctorate, Ørsted declines, the staff of the Polytechnic Institute, Steen, Wilkens, Holten, Hummel, mathematics, technology, reform proposal

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