Oersted's Theory Of Magnetism Essay

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Davy’s Journey Towards Electromagnetism
During the early 1800s, scientists made observations that were tested repeatedly and then were seen as fact. Until 1820, electricity and magnetism were believed to be separate branches on the tree of science. Once others believed that idea it became cemented in to the scientific community. However, Humphry Davy was a chemist whose determination and experimentation overturned that idea. Despite obstacles, Oersted’s and Davy‘s experiments changed his peers’ and the scientific community’s view on electricity and magnetism.
My question for Davy would be why he did not include any philosophical theory to his report? Normally adding a rational explanation to your research would help increase one’s own credibility.
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The first being how he would be able to prove something seen as impossible. It was a well-known fact amongst the scientist of his time that electricity and magnetism were considered different fields of science similar to how botany and zoology are on different sides of the science spectrum. He realized that he was not the first to discover this but Oersted did. Before Oersted’s experiment the relation between magnetism and electricity was ignored due to the “chemical and electrical phenomena exhibited by the wonderful combination of Volta, at that time almost entirely absorbed the attention of scientific men” (Davy 8). The idea that the two had any relation was overlooked by the scientific community of the …show more content…
The challenges he had to face included: finding a theory that relate electricity and magnetism, proving what that the experiments actually made his theory correct, a lack of instruments that could make fine calculations, and finding a reference point to base all his research off. However, Humphry Davy despite the challenges thrown at him was able to prove his point. His colleague and peers were shown a new way of thinking in those two fields. Through his efforts, we now can truly understand the theory of

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