Hans Christian Ørsted and the Romantic Legacy in Science

Hans Christian Ørsted and the Romantic Legacy in Science

Ideas, Disciplines, Practices
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science, Band 241

von: Robert M. Brain, Robert S. Cohen, Ole Knudsen

171,19 €

Verlag: Springer
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 28.09.2007
ISBN/EAN: 9781402029875
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 444

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<P>This fascinating text is an exploration of the relationship between science and philosophy in the early nineteenth century. This subject remains one of the most misunderstood topics in modern European intellectual history. By taking the brilliant career of Danish physicist-philosopher Hans Christian&nbsp;Ørsted as their organizing theme, leading international philosophers and historians of science reveal illuminating new perspectives on the intellectual map of Europe in the age of revolution and romanticism.</P>
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.
Foreword * Gerald Holton Introduction * Robert Michael Brain List of Contributors * 'The Way from Nature to God' * Andrew D. Wilson The Other Side of Ørsted: Civil Obedience * Karen Jelved & Andrew D. Jackson The making of a Danish Kantian: science and the new civil society * Arne Hessenbruch Phrenology and Danish Romanticism * Anja Skaar Jacobsen Natural Ends and the End of Nature * Paul Guyer The Influence of Kant’s Philosophy on the Young H. C. Ørsted * Keld Nielsen & Hanne Andersen Ørsted’s Concept Of Force & Theory Of Music * Dan Charly Christensen Kant – Naturphilosophie – Electromagnetism * Michael Friedman Steffens, Ørsted and the Chemical Construction of the Earth * Ernst P. Hamm Culture of science and experiments in Jena around 1800 * Olaf Breidbach The Romantic Experiment as Fragment * Robert Michael Brain Ørsted and the Rational Unconscious * Lorraine Daston Romanticism and Resistance * Michael Dettelbach Between Enlightenment and Romanticism: The case of Dr. Thomas Beddoes * Trevor H. Levere Ørsted’s Presentation of Others’–and His Own–Work * Kenneth L. Caneva Ørsted, Ritter and Magnetochemistry * Roberto de Andrade Martins Ørsted’s Work on the Compressibility of Liquids and Gases, and His Dynamic Theory of Matter * Ole Knudsen Hans Christian Oersted’s Spiritual Interpretation of Natural Science * Frederick Gregory The Spiritual in the Material * D.M. Knight Index
<P>A fascinating text that is an exploration of the relationship between science and philosophy in the early nineteenth century</P>
<P>Takes the life and work of Danish physicist and philosopher Hans Christian Oersted as its organizing theme</P>
<P>Contributions from leading international philosophers and historians of science</P>

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