Hans Christian Ørsted (14 August 1777 – 9 March 1851) was a Danish physicist and chemist who is best known for discovering that electric currents can create magnetic fields. He shaped post-Kantian philosophy and advances in science throughout the late nineteenth century. He was also the first modern thinker to explicitly describe and name the thought experiment.
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- The agreement of this law with nature will be better seen by the repetition of experiments than by a long explanation.
- relating his discovery of the magnetic effect of an electric current, in Experiments on the Effect of a Current of Electricity on the Magnetic Needle, Annals of Philosophy 1820, vol. 16, p. 273-277