By Andrew D. Wilson (auth.), Professor Robert Michael Brain, Professor Robert S. Cohen, Professor Ole Knudsen (eds.)
This quantity owes its beginning to the belief of a perplexing paradox. Hans Christian Ørsted, the good Danish scientist and thinker, used to be one of many founders of contemporary physics via his experimental discovery in 1820 of the interplay of electrical energy and magnetism—a key step and version for the extra unification of the forces of nature. fans corresponding to Maxwell and Einstein have been, and this present day searchers world wide are, enchanted by means of the desire for a of entirety of that grand application. as well as Ørsted’s discovery of electromagnetism, his paintings in technology incorporated different fields, mainly high-pressure physics and acoustics. furthermore, he belonged to that attention-grabbing workforce of seekers who have been deeply engaged within the Romantic culture of the character Philosophers, motivated via Immanuel Kant and through spiritual, literary, and aesthetic currents. The clinical and philosophical speculations via Ørsted and his circle additionally quick motivated the mind's eye of alternative philosophers and scientists. one of the latter have been prominently André-Marie Ampère and Michael Faraday, whose paintings introduced the transformation of civilization known as the second one Ind- trial Revolution, in accordance with the discovery of vehicles, turbines, and the pervasi- ness of electrical energy in glossy life.