Hans Christian Ørsted And The Romantic Legacy In Science

Ideas, Disciplines, Practices

  • Robert Michael Brain
  • Robert S. Cohen
  • Ole Knudsen

Part of the Boston Studies In The Philosophy Of Science book series (BSPS, volume 241)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Andrew D. Wilson
    Pages 1-11
  3. Karen Jelved, Andrew D. Jackson
    Pages 13-19
  4. Anja Skaar Jacobsen
    Pages 55-74
  5. Paul Guyer
    Pages 75-96
  6. Keld Nielsen, Hanne Andersen
    Pages 97-114
  7. Dan Charly Christensen
    Pages 115-133
  8. Michael Friedman
    Pages 135-158
  9. Robert Michael Brain
    Pages 217-233
  10. Lorraine J. Daston
    Pages 235-246
  11. Roberto de Andrade Martins
    Pages 339-385
  12. D. M. Knight
    Pages 417-432
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 433-442

About this book


This volume owes its origin to the perception of a puzzling paradox. Hans Christian Ørsted, 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 magnetism—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 Ørsted’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 Ørsted and his circle also quickly stimulated the imagination of other philosophers and scientists. Among the latter were prominently André-Marie Ampère 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.


Immanuel Kant Kant enlightenment romanticism science

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert Michael Brain
    • 1
  • Robert S. Cohen
    • 2
  • Ole Knudsen
    • 3
  1. 1.Harvard UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Boston UniversityUSA
  3. 3.University of AarhusDenmark

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