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Throughout his life H.C. Oersted searched after the larger contexts, both between the various forces of nature, and between science, philosophy and art. This search led him in 1820 to his discovery of "electromagnetism", which is the relationship between the electric and magnetic force.

28 May 2010

H.C. Oersted - a genius from the provinceH.C. Oersted - a genius from the province
Although there were no schools in Rudkøbing when Oersted was born, his father made sure that he got an education anyway.

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28 May 2010

Inspiration fra Europa - planer i KøbenhavnInspiration from Europe - plans in Copenhagen
In 1801 H.C. Ørsted left on a three year long educational tour to the scientific headquarters of Europe, including Berlin and Paris.

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28 May 2010

Electromagnetism - The unique discoveryElectromagnetism - The unique discovery
At the start of the 19th century electricity was a mysterious force which could produce sparks and small shocks and cause a wire to...

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28 May 2010

It all fits togetherPhysics, philosophy and art - it all fits together
H.C. Oersted was very interested in poetry and philosophy, and to him, science was closely connected with both philosophy and art.

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28 May 2010

Art, Culture and Science does not exclude religion Art, Culture and Science does not exclude religion
Already as students the two Oersted brothers became friends with the poet and author Adam Oehlenschläger.

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