Hans Christian Ørsted and the Romantic Legacy in Science

Hans Christian Ørsted and the Romantic Legacy in Science

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This volume owes its origin to the perception of a puzzling paradox. Hans Christian A˜rsted, the great Danish scientist and philosopher, was one of the founders of modern physics through his experimental discovery in 1820 of the interaction of electricity and magnetisma€”a key step and model for the further unification of the forces of nature. Followers such as Maxwell and Einstein were, and today searchers worldwide are, enchanted by the hope for a completion of that grand program. In addition to A˜rsteda€™s discovery of electromagnetism, his work in science included other fields, chiefly high-pressure physics and acoustics. Moreover, he belonged to that fascinating group of seekers who were deeply engaged in the Romantic tradition of the Nature Philosophers, influenced by Immanuel Kant and by religious, literary, and aesthetic currents. The scientific and philosophical speculations by A˜rsted and his circle also quickly stimulated the imagination of other philosophers and scientists. Among the latter were prominently AndrAc-Marie AmpAure and Michael Faraday, whose work launched the transformation of civilization often called the Second Ind- trial Revolution, based on the invention of motors, generators, and the pervasi- ness of electricity in modern life.profound than Baumgarten.8 A˜rsted won the gold medal, and his essay was published in the journal Minerva in May 1797. ... faculty at the University of Copenhagen announced an essay contest on the origin and function of the amniotic fluid.

Title:Hans Christian Ørsted and the Romantic Legacy in Science
Author:Robert M. Brain, Ole Knudsen
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2007-10-16


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