H.C. Ørsted's WorldView and Science

H.C. Ørsted's WorldView and Science

Through the German philosophers Immanuel Kant and Friedrich Schelling, H.C. Ørsted was inspired by a philosophical tradition that was both metaphysical and theoretical. In my lecture I will focus mainly on the metaphysical aspects of this romantic philosophy that inspired Ørsted in his scientific work and stubborn attitude towards nature. Through examples from his physics and chemistry, I will illuminate Ørsted's dynamic worldview and the scientific concepts that are alien to us today, but which he used to explain phenomena such as light, heat, electrical current and chemical affinity. The key concepts here are polarity and constantly interacting opposing forces.

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H.C. Ørsted's WorldView and Science

Date: April 23, 2017 Nov 2020
Time: 19:30-21:30

Lecturer: Associate Professor, Dr.Scient. Anja Skaar Jacobsen
Institution: Niels Bohr Archive and Copenhagen VUC

The lecture will be held: Auditorium 1, H.C. Ørsted Building, Universitetsparken 5, 2100 Copenhagen Ø

Please note that parking is not allowed in front of the main entrance to Universitetsparken 5. You can park between the H.C. Ørsted Building and August Krogh Building, in the slightly makeshift car park right next to the new construction, but it requires a special Parking permit. Parking permits can be obtained from SNUs representative at the main entrance to University Park 5 between 10:00 and 18:00. 18:45 - 7:15 pm and must be filled in with car number and date and placed in the windscreen. Easypark can be parked along Nørre Allé. There is good public transport to University Park, buses 184, 185 and 150S all have stops at University Park, and bus 6A has stopped nearby.

The lecture is part of HCØ2020: The celebration of the 200th anniversary of H.C. Ørsted's discovery of electromagnetism and is supported by the Carlsberg Foundation.