Posted on 12/16/2007

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H C Ørsted

H C Ørsted
The park was built to commemorate this man, Hans Christian Ørsted a physicist and chemist born in Rudkøbing here in Denmark in 1777. When he was in Germany, he had received a scholarship in 1801 and used it to travel, he met the physicist J W Ritter who was certain there was a connection between electricity and magnetism. Their conversations inspired Ørsted to study physics.
In 1820, while preparing for a lecture, he noticed that a compass needle was "disturbed" when a battery he was using was turned on close to the compass, the needle did not point precisely north, not untill he turned the battery off again. He had no explanation to begin with, but later on he was the scientist that would explain electromagnetism.
He was the person that produced aluminium for the first time, in 1925. He was indeed a person with many talents. He shaped a post-Kantian philosophy and he wrote poetry. One of his poems, Luftskibet or The Airship was inspired by Etienne Gaspard Robertson, the Belgian balloonist.
I borrowed the following from (The Danish National Museum):
Balloon Expedition over Copenhagen
In 1806 something very unusual happened on Rosenborg Castle's drill ground. The Belgian balloonist, Etienne Gaspard Robertson, alighted in his balloon and flew all the way to the county of Roskilde. The ascent was attended by the royal family, in the company of 50,000 Copenhagen locals.
In 1783 the Montgolfier brothers had sent the first large hot-air balloon into the skies above the Palace of Versailles. Their successful flight was soon followed by many more. Robertson made his sensational conquest of the skies into a career, and also conducted a series of meteorological investigations of the higher strata.
The man who organised Robertson's balloon ascent above the gaping crowd was no less than the Lord Chamberlain, A.W. Hauch. Hauch was fascinated by new and experimental phenomena, and was well aware of the entertainment value of such an event.
One of the spectators upon whom Robertson's ascent made a lasting impression was the physicist H.C. Ørsted. Inspired by the experience, he began to write the poetry series Luftskibet (Airship), a work he first completed thirty years later. Through his poetry, Ørsted was able to build a bridge between the world of science and the world of poetry. (

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then, you may want to add a poem of his too on a next photo - I never realised aluminium is still so young...
8 years ago.
Gudrun has replied to Merodema
I have not found any of his poetry in translation, yet. I'll ask one of his descendants, she would know. Otherwise I will post something in Danish.
8 years ago. Edited 8 years ago.
Jens Rost
Jens Rost
Another great Copenhagen photo that would look great in the new group!
3 years ago.