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Hans Christian ØrstedReading Nature's Mind$
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Dan Ch. Christensen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199669264

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669264.001.0001

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| 1799–1801 | 1799–1801 Galvanism

| 1799–1801 | 1799–1801 Galvanism

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(p.80) 10 | 1799–1801 Galvanism
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Hans Christian Ørsted
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Dan C. Christensen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669264.003.0010

News of the Galvani-Volta controversy reach Copenhagen, and Ørsted seeks information on Ritter's experiments to solve it as supervisor for Humboldt at Jena, on Napoleon's reception of Volta in Paris, and on Nicholson's apparent separation of water into two gasses by means of the galvanic force. Ørsted and Manthey are in close contact on these issues, and Ørsted made efforts to convince Hauch and Manthey of Ritter's interpretation of the experiment, viz. that the gasses are positively and negatively charged water rather than oxygen and hydrogen. Ritter is seen as the discoverer of electro-chemistry, which to Ørsted is a contribution to the dynamical project. Ørsted is familiarized with Ritter's discovery of ultraviolet light and with his dramatic experiments with galvanism on his senses.

Keywords:   the Galvani-Volta controversy, Ritter's electrochemistry, Ørsted's pursuit of the dynamical project, Ritter's discovery of ultraviolet light, Ritter's galvanic experiments with his senses

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