Historians of science usually distinguish between external and internal forces when characterizing a great scientist. While Bohr was favoured by a stimulating intellectual family background, Ørsted“s and his siblings” childhood offers a confirmation as well as a denial of the theory of beneficial genes. The external resistance confronting them implies obvious common features as well as responses. This lecture will supply a series of examples of their distinctions as researchers, teachers and intellectual leaders and — if time permits — point out some of their attitudes that are at odds with the present Danish research policy such as Ørsted’s notion of the relation between physics and mathematics and between science and technology.
Coffee and tea will be served 15 min before the seminar.
Building 306, Auditorium 31