GW-Oersted

The Great Westmen:

Science and Technology
Hans Christian Oersted

Featured Accomplishment: Discovery that an electric current creates a magnetic force.

Danish physicist and chemist
Born: August 14, 1777, Rudkøbing, Denmark
Died: March 9, 1851, Copenhagen, Denmark
  Hans Christian Oersted began a new scientific epoch when he discovered that electricity and magnetism are linked. He showed by experiment that an electric current flowing through a wire could move a nearby magnet. The discovery that an electric current could create a magnetic force set the stage for the eventual development of our modern technology-based world.

   Oersted also discovered the chemical compound piperine and achieved the first isolation of the element aluminum.

   The unit of magnetic field strength, the Oersted (in the centimeter-gram-second system of units), is named in his honour.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Hello, my name is Joseph Montag. I happen to have the same last name as the protagonist in the novel Fahrenheit 451. In the novel, Montag works as a fireman that destroys the cultural memory of his people by burning books. If the book were written today he would also be tearing down statues. Realizing his folly, he has a change of heart and instead of destroying the cultural memory of his people, he begins to save it.

     As a Westman I endeavor to preserve our cultural memory and educate fellow Westmen as to the accomplishments of Westernkind. I feel it is important to keep our story alive and focused upon the marvelous achievements of us as a people. I never realized that the depth and breadth of our achievements was so wide and deep until I came to White wellbeing and began investigating what was hidden from me in plain sight. I had become deracinated and disconnected from my people. Now I am shaking off my White noir, taking pride in Westernkind and reconnecting with my people at multiple levels, both online and in real life.

     I like researching and studying the stories of individual Westmen because it puts a human face on it and exposes the bond of kinship we all have to those Westmen that came before us. I hope these stories help you better understand and connect with Westernkind, with the Westman inside of you. It is our story, it is in us all, and each of us writes a new chapter everyday.