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Hans Christian Ørsted: Reading Nature's Mind

 
 
Author
Dan Ch. Christensen.
Publisher Oxford  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.95 x 7 x 1.5 inches
ISBN 9780199669264
Pages/Publication Date 743/2013
Daedalus Item Code 51803
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Though his name is little known here, Danish scientist Hans Christian Ørsted (1777–1851) was instrumental to modern physics and technology. He brought Kant's metaphysics to fruition, and his 1820 discovery of electro-magnetism—a phenomenon that could not possibly exist according to his adversaries—inspired Michael Faraday to discover magneto-electric induction. But Ørsted was also one of the cultural leaders of the Danish Golden Age (together with N.F.S. Grundtvig, Søren Kierkegaard, and his own protégé Hans Christian Andersen), and made significant contributions to aesthetics, philosophy, pedagogy, politics, and religion. Originally published in Danish, this sweeping and well-illustrated biography is also a window into the evolution of science.

"In this powerhouse of a biography-cum-science-history, historian Dan Charly Christensen reveals Ørsted as a brilliant, multifaceted figure—scientist, post-Kantian philosopher, educator and physical aesthetician."—Nature

 
 
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