Hans Christian Orsted: Reading Nature's Mind by Dan C. ChristensenHans Christian Orsted: Reading Nature's Mind by Dan C. Christensen

Hans Christian Orsted: Reading Nature's Mind

byDan C. Christensen

Hardcover | June 16, 2013

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Hans Christian Orsted (1777-1851) is of great importance as a scientist and philosopher far beyond the borders of Denmark and his own time. At the centre of an international network of scholars, he was instrumental in founding the world picture of modern physics. Orsted was the physicist whobrought Kant's metaphysics to fruition. In 1820 his discovery of electro-magnetism, a phenomenon that could not possibly exist according to his adversaries, changed the course of research in physics. It inspired Michael Faraday's experiments and discovery of the adverse effect, magneto-electricinduction. The two physical phenomena were later described in mathematical equations by J.C. Maxwell. Together these discoveries constitute the prerequisites for the overwhelming development of modern technology. But Orsted was also one of the cultural leaders and organizers of the Danish Golden Age (together with Grundtvig, Kierkegaard, and Hans-Christian Andersen, his protege), and madesignificant contributions to aesthetics, philosophy, pedagogy, politics, and religion. Orsted remarkably bridged the gap between science, the humanities, and the arts.
Dan Charly Christensen worked as Lecturer and Reader within the Department of History at Roskilde University (1972-2010), Denmark. His two volume biography, Naturlens Tankelaeser. En Biografi om Hans Christian Orsted (Museum Tusculanum, Copenhagen 2009), was nominated for Weekendavisen's annual literary prize, and awarded the H.O. Lan...
Title:Hans Christian Orsted: Reading Nature's MindFormat:HardcoverDimensions:752 pagesPublished:June 16, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199669260

ISBN - 13:9780199669264


Table of Contents

I. THE STUDENT1. Prologue: Hans Christian Orsted and Dualism in the Golden Age2. A Childhood without Playing3. A University without Science4. Two Philosophical Minds5. Hans Christian's Gold Medals6. Anders's Gold Medal7. Editors for Kant8. Doctoral Thesis on the Dynamical System9. Pharmacy-Manager and Fiance10. GalvanismII. THE COSMOPOLITAN11. First Grand Tour. Tourist far away from Sophie12. Ritter and Winterl13. Jena Romanticism, Salons and Societies14. Post-revolutionary Paris15. Ritter and the Napoleon Prize16. The Double GameIII. THE RESEARCHER AND TEACHER17. Alone and Abandoned in Copenhagen with a Collection of Instruments18. Rivalry and Love19. Textbook Writer and Professor20. Napoleon's Imperialism and Fichte's Idealism21. Sonorous Figures22. The Art of Music23. The Royal Danish Society of Sciences and Letters24. Family and Friends25. Dialogue on Mysticism. Ritter's DeathIV. THE SPOUSE26. Career and Brothers Working Together27. Second Journey Abroad. Berlin and Paris28. The Major Work29. The Controversy on Pantheism30. Love and Marriage31. The Prime Mover of Science. Gitte's First-born Child32. Dynamical Research. A.S. Orsted's Dissent33. Funerals. Expedition to BornholmV. THE TRIUMPHATOR34. The Happiest Year35. A Discovery by Chance?36. Domestic and Foreign Reactions37. The Triumphal Progress. Germany38. The Triumphal Progress. Paris39. The Triumphal Progress. BritainVI. THE ORGANIZER40. The Society for the Dissemination of Science in Denmark41. The Orsted Brothers in the Howitz-Controversy42. Aluminium - Priority and Nationalism43. The Downfall of A.S. Orsted, the Millennium of Christianity, and the Tercentenary of the Reformation44. Family Life and Conferences Abroad45. The Polytechnic Institute46. The Literary Critic47. The Awakening of Political LifeVII. FAME and TRIBULATIONS48. Technology and Industry49. The Natural Laws of General Education50. Scandinavian Science Conferences51. Politics and Nationalism52. The Centenary of the Royal Danish Society, Magnetischer Verein, Henrik Steffens. The Concept and Conservation of Fundamental Forces53. Homage in Berlin54. Aesthetics of Nature55. Polytechnic Criticism56. Polytechnic Criticism57. Civil War and Free Constitution58. The Soul in Nature59. Big and Little Hans Christian's Modern Turning Point60. Jubilee and Death61. Epilogue: Hans Christian Orsted and the Golden Age in a Wider Perspective

Editorial Reviews

Review from previous edition: "Christensen's book is a fantastic book, a major work in the history of Denmark. It is exciting, it is saturated with material, everything is well documented, and everything is well narrated. This biography abounds in interesting details and nowhere will you finda dull paragraph. Moreover, the author puts an end to a good many myths, for instance the common one that Orsted's discovery was made by chance, and that he was unrecognized in contemporary Europe. All the way through the book you will walk side by side with Orsted, and you will follow him on histriumphal progress in Britain, France, and Germany." --David Favrholdt, The Royal Danish Society of Sciences and Letters, European Science Foundation