Speculation and Experiment in the Background of Oersted's Discovery of Electromagnetism

  title={Speculation and Experiment in the Background of Oersted's Discovery of Electromagnetism},
  author={Robert C. Stauffer},
  pages={33 - 50}
N the intellectual life of Hans Christian Oersted (I777-I85I), philosophy I and experimental science were both abiding interests, and his discovery of electromagnetism is best understood as arising from a fertile union of speculation and experiment. As Oersted wrote about himself: "Throughout his literary career, he adhered to the opinion, that the magnetical effects are produced by the same powers as the electrical. He was not so much led to this, by the reasons commonly alleged for this… 

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