Hans Christian Ørsted And The Romantic Legacy In Science: by Andrew D. Wilson (auth.), Professor Robert Michael Brain,

By Andrew D. Wilson (auth.), Professor Robert Michael Brain, Professor Robert S. Cohen, Professor Ole Knudsen (eds.)

This quantity owes its beginning to the belief of a complicated paradox. Hans Christian Ørsted, the good Danish scientist and thinker, used to be one of many founders of recent physics via his experimental discovery in 1820 of the interplay of electrical energy and magnetism—a key step and version for the extra unification of the forces of nature. fans resembling Maxwell and Einstein have been, and this day searchers all over the world are, enchanted via the wish for a of entirety of that grand software. as well as Ørsted’s discovery of electromagnetism, his paintings in technology integrated different fields, mainly high-pressure physics and acoustics. furthermore, he belonged to that interesting workforce of seekers who have been deeply engaged within the Romantic culture of the character Philosophers, motivated by way of Immanuel Kant and by way of spiritual, literary, and aesthetic currents. The clinical and philosophical speculations by way of Ørsted and his circle additionally fast inspired the mind's eye of different philosophers and scientists. one of the latter have been prominently André-Marie Ampère and Michael Faraday, whose paintings introduced the transformation of civilization known as the second one Ind- trial Revolution, in line with the discovery of automobiles, turbines, and the pervasi- ness of electrical energy in sleek life.

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The budding natural philosopher and jurist must have seen measurements performed with increasing attention to precision and prescribed in evermore regulatory detail in order that the levy be seen as fair. 10 The brothers received no formal schooling as there was none. 11 Mostly they studied with a German wig maker and his wife, and assorted others, including a local minister and the local judge. The wig maker’s wife taught them the catechism, and the wig maker himself taught them German, addition, and subtraction.

P. 155–157; Dan Ch. Christensen, Det moderne projekt: teknik og kultur i Danmark-Norge, 1750–(1814)–1850 (København: Gyldendal, 1996). Anders Sandøe Ørsted, Af mit Livs og min Tids Historie (n. 22), p. 25. THE MAKING OF A DANISH KANTIAN: SCIENCE AND THE NEW CIVIL SOCIETY 29 the owner’s absence. Anders Sandøe applied in vain for a teaching position in the Faculty of Law. In 1801 he accepted a position as a judge in the city court of Copenhagen. Slowly, Hans Christian also got his finances on more of an even keel.

12 The wig maker again and again emphasized German cultural superiority. 13 The kind of cultivated behavior the two brothers learnt to appreciate can be gauged by Hans Christian’s 1802 description (at the age of only 25) of a dinner party not to his liking: Nothing is more execrable to me than wicked songs and a lack of higher-spirited entertainment. A carouse is loathsome if not a true solemnity shared with educated human beings, where we drink moderately and achieve a higher turn whereby my soul is opened to more joys and also to higher feelings of every kind.

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