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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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| 1839–47 | 1839–47 Scandinavian Science Conferences

| 1839–47 | 1839–47 Scandinavian Science Conferences

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(p.517) 50 | 1839–47 Scandinavian Science Conferences
Source:
Hans Christian Ørsted
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Dan C. Christensen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669264.003.0050

Some Scandinavian scientists are inspired by the GDNÄ and the BAAS to establish a Scandinavian counterpart. While Ørsted favours the idea, Hansteen and Berzelius are skeptical at first. The first Scandinavian Science Conference opens in Gothenburg in 1838, and subsequently conferences are held in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Christiania, and Copenhagen a second time. The outbreak of war in Schleswig-Holstein in 1848 stops them. Organization, lecture topics, and social events of each conference are described, and so are the favourable attitudes and contributions of two kings. The anointment of King Christian Frederik in the presence of Scandinavian scientist is recounted. Steffens lectures on Naturphilosophie and defers to Ørsted's authority, Hansteen runs into trouble. The Copenhagen conference in 1847 is favoured by social events in Casino and Tivoli, and by the opening of the railway to Roskilde.

Keywords:   Scandinavian Science Conferences, GDNÄ, BAAS, Ørsted, Hansteen, Berzelius, Steffens, Murchison

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