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The Workshop As Monument. Fragments From The Estate Of A Young Physicist

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In January of 1810, just days before his death, a two-volume collection of Johann Wilhelm Ritter's aphorisms was published bearing the title Fragments from the Estate of a Young Physicist. The lengthy prologue connects to the fragments in several important ways, and also provides insights into the methodology of the scientist and his idiosyncratic strategies of organization, which is discussed in this chapter. As he explains the conditions under which the writing project takes place, including the claim that none of the fragments were written for publication, the narrator leads the reader into a more intimate space through the metaphor of a "secret workshop". The close reciprocity of life and text, the deliberate integration of the text into the self-biography of the physicist, extends to include two significant male friendships with Hardenberg and Herder which had the most profound effect on the development of the young physicist.

Keywords: Hardenberg; Herder; Johann Wilhelm Ritter



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