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| birth_place = The Hague, Dutch Republicdf=yes07162914}}| death_place = The Hague, Dutch Republic| residence = Netherlands, France| nationality = Dutch| field = Physics Mathematics Astronomy Horology| work_institution = Royal Society of LondonFrench Academy of SciencesLeiden University>University of LeidenUniversity of AngersTitan (moon)>TitanExplanation of Saturn's ringsCentrifugal forceCollision formulaePendulum clockHuygens–Fresnel principleWave theoryHuygens' engineBirefringenceEvoluteHuygenian eyepiece31 equal temperament musical tuningHuygens–Steiner theorem| influences = Galileo GalileiRené DescartesFrans van SchootenGottfried Wilhelm LeibnizIsaac NewtonI. BERNARD COHENTITLE=THE CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO NEWTONACCESSDATE=15 MAY 2013PUBLISHER=CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESSPAGE=69, NICCOLò GUICCIARDINI>TITLE=ISAAC NEWTON ON MATHEMATICAL CERTAINTY AND METHODACCESSDATE=15 MAY 2013PUBLISHER=MIT PRESSPAGE=344, }}{{Classical mechanics}}Christiaan Huygens {{postnominals|FRS}} ({{IPAc-en|ˈ|h|aɪ|ɡ|ə|n|z|,_|ˈ|h|ɔɪ|-}} {{respell|HY|gənz|,_|HOY-}};"Huygens". Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary. {{IPA-nl|ˈɦœyɣə(n)s|lang|ChristianHuygensPronunciation.ogg}}; ; 14 April 1629 – 8 July 1695) was a Dutch physicist, mathematician, astronomer and inventor, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest scientists of all time and a major figure in the scientific revolution. In physics, Huygens made groundbreaking contributions in optics and mechanics, while as an astronomer he is chiefly known for his studies of the rings of Saturn and the discovery of its moon Titan. As an inventor, he improved the design of the telescope with the invention of the Huygenian eyepiece. His most famous invention, however, was the invention of the pendulum clock in 1656, which was a breakthrough in timekeeping and became the most accurate timekeeper for almost 300 years. Because he was the first to use mathematical formulae to describe the laws of physics, Huygens has been called the first theoretical physicist and the founder of mathematical physics.Dijksterhuis E.J (1950) De mechanisering van het wereldbeeld. Meulenhoff, Amsterdam.Andriesse, C.D. (2005) Huygens: The Man Behind the Principle. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge: 6In 1659, Huygens was the first to derive the now standard formula for the centripetal force in his work De vi centrifuga. The formula played a central role in classical mechanics and became known as the second of Newton's laws of motion. Huygens was also the first to formulate the correct laws of elastic collision in his work De motu corporum ex percussione, but his findings were not published until 1703, after his death. In the field of optics, he is best known for his wave theory of light, which he proposed in 1678 and described in 1690 in his Treatise on Light, which is regarded as the first mathematical theory of light. His theory was initially rejected in favor of Isaac Newton's corpuscular theory of light, until Augustin-Jean Fresnel adopted Huygens' principle in 1818 and showed that it could explain the rectilinear propagation and diffraction effects of light. Today this principle is known as the Huygens–Fresnel principle.Huygens invented the pendulum clock in 1656, which he patented the following year. In addition to this invention, his research in horology resulted in an extensive analysis of the pendulum in his 1673 book Horologium Oscillatorium, which is regarded as one of the most important 17th-century works in mechanics. While the first part of the book contains descriptions of clock designs, most of the book is an analysis of pendulum motion and a theory of curves. In 1655, Huygens began grinding lenses with his brother Constantijn in order to build telescopes to conduct astronomical research. He designed a 50-power refracting telescope with which he discovered that the ring of Saturn was "a thin, flat ring, nowhere touching, and inclined to the ecliptic." It was with this telescope that he also discovered the first of Saturn's moons, Titan. He eventually developed in 1662 what is now called the Huygenian eyepiece, a telescope with two lenses, which diminished the amount of dispersion.As a mathematician, Huygens was a pioneer on probability and wrote his first treatise on probability theory in 1657 with the work Van Rekeningh in Spelen van Gluck. Frans van Schooten, who was the private tutor of Huygens, translated the work as De ratiociniis in ludo aleae ("On Reasoning in Games of Chance"). The work is a systematic treatise on probability and deals with games of chance and in particular the problem of points. The modern concept of probability grew out of the use of expectation values by Huygens and Blaise Pascal (who encouraged him to write the work).The last years of Huygens, who never married, were characterized by loneliness and depression. As a rationalist, he refused to believe in an immanent supreme being, and could not accept the Christian faith of his upbringing. Although Huygens did not believe in such a supernatural being, he did hypothesize on the possibility of extraterrestrial life in his Cosmotheoros, which was published shortly before his death in 1695. He speculated that extraterrestrial life was possible on planets similar to Earth and wrote that the availability of water in liquid form was a necessity for life.

Early life

File:Adriaen Hanneman - Constantijn Huygens and his-five-children.png|thumb|Portrait of Huygens' father (centre) and his five children (Christiaan at right). Mauritshuis, The HagueThe HagueFile:Christiaan Huygens.gif|thumb|upright|Christiaan Huygens. Cut from the engraving following the painting of Caspar Netscher by G. EdelinckG. EdelinckChristiaan Huygens was born on 14 April 1629 in The Hague, into a rich and influential Dutch family,"Christiaan Huygens." Encyclopedia of World Biography. 2004. Encyclopedia.com. (14 December 2012). weblink the second son of Constantijn Huygens. Christiaan was named after his paternal grandfather."Huygens, Christiaan (Also Huyghens, Christian)." Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography. 2008. Encyclopedia.com. (14 December 2012). weblink Dugas and P. Costabel, "Chapter Two, The Birth of a new Science" in The Beginnings of Modern Science, edited by Rene Taton, 1958,1964, Basic Books, Inc. His mother was Suzanna van Baerle. She died in 1637, shortly after the birth of Huygens' sister.Strategic Affection? Gift Exchange in Seventeenth-Century Holland, by Irma Thoen, pg 127 The couple had five children: Constantijn (1628), Christiaan (1629), Lodewijk (1631), Philips (1632) and Suzanna (1637).Constantijn Huygens, Lord of Zuilichem (1596–1687), by Adelheid RechConstantijn Huygens was a diplomat and advisor to the House of Orange, and also a poet and musician. His friends included Galileo Galilei, Marin Mersenne and René Descartes.The Heirs Of Archimedes: Science and the Art Of War Through the Age of Enlightenment, by Brett D. Steele, pg. 20 Huygens was educated at home until turning sixteen years old. He liked to play with miniatures of mills and other machines. His father gave him a liberal education: he studied languages and music, history and geography, mathematics, logic and rhetoric, but also dancing, fencing and horse riding.entoen.nu: Christiaan Huygens 1629–1695 Science in the Golden AgeIn 1644 Huygens had as his mathematical tutor Jan Jansz de Jonge Stampioen, who set the 15-year-old a demanding reading list on contemporary science.BOOK, Jozef T. Devreese, 'Magic Is No Magic': The Wonderful World of Simon Stevin,weblink 24 April 2013, 31 October 2008, WIT Press, 978-1-84564-391-1, 275–6, Descartes was impressed by his skills in geometry.

Student years

His father sent Huygens to study law and mathematics at the University of Leiden, where he studied from May 1645 to March 1647. Frans van Schooten was an academic at Leiden from 1646, and also a private tutor to Huygens and his elder brother, replacing Stampioen on the advice of Descartes.BOOK, H. N. Jahnke, A history of analysis,weblink 12 May 2013, 2003, American Mathematical Soc., 978-0-8218-9050-9, 47, BOOK, Margret Schuchard, Bernhard Varenius: (1622–1650),weblink 12 May 2013, 2007, BRILL, 978-90-04-16363-8, 112, Van Schooten brought his mathematical education up to date, in particular introducing him to the work of Fermat on differential geometry.Dictionary, p. 470.After two years, from March 1647, Huygens continued his studies at the newly founded Orange College, in Breda, where his father was a curator: the change occurred because of a duel between his brother Lodewijk and another student.Christiaan Huygens – A family affair, by Bram Stoffele, pg 80. Constantijn Huygens was closely involved in the new College, which lasted only to 1669; the rector was André Rivet.BOOK, C. D. Andriesse, Huygens: The Man Behind the Principle,weblink 23 April 2013, 25 August 2005, Cambridge University Press, 978-0-521-85090-2, 80–, Christiaan Huygens lived at the home of the jurist Johann Henryk Dauber, and had mathematics classes with the English lecturer John Pell. He completed his studies in August 1649. He then had a stint as a diplomat on a mission with Henry, Duke of Nassau. It took him to Bentheim, then Flensburg. He took off for Denmark, visited Copenhagen and Helsingør, and hoped to cross the Øresund to visit Descartes in Stockholm. It was not to be.BOOK, C. D. Andriesse, Huygens: The Man Behind the Principle,weblink 10 May 2013, 25 August 2005, Cambridge University Press, 978-0-521-85090-2, 85–6, While his father Constantijn had wished his son Christiaan to be a diplomat, it also was not to be. In political terms, the First Stadtholderless Period that began in 1650 meant that the House of Orange was not in power, removing Constantijn's influence. Further, he realised that his son had no interest in such a career.Dictionary, p. 469.

Early correspondence

(File:Huygens - Correspondance. 1638-1656, 1888 - 3917544.tif|thumb|Correspondance)Huygens generally wrote in French or Latin.BOOK, Lynn Thorndike, History of Magic & Experimental Science 1923,weblink 11 May 2013, 1 March 2003, Kessinger Publishing, 978-0-7661-4316-6, 622, While still a college student at Leiden he began a correspondence with the intelligencer Mersenne, who died quite soon afterwards in 1648. Mersenne wrote to Constantijn on his son's talent for mathematics, and flatteringly compared him to Archimedes (3 January 1647). The letters show the early interests of Huygens in mathematics. In October 1646 there is the suspension bridge, and the demonstration that a catenary is not a parabola.BOOK, Leonhard Euler, Clifford Truesdell, The Rational Mechanics of Flexible or Elastic Bodies 1638–1788: Introduction to Vol. X and XI,weblink 10 May 2013, 1 January 1980, Springer, 978-3-7643-1441-5, 44–6, In 1647/8 they cover the claim of Grégoire de Saint-Vincent to squaring the circle; rectification of the ellipse; projectiles, and the vibrating string.BOOK, C. D. Andriesse, Huygens: The Man Behind the Principle,weblink 10 May 2013, 25 August 2005, Cambridge University Press, 978-0-521-85090-2, 78–9, Some of Mersenne's concerns at the time, such as the cycloid (he sent Evangelista Torricelli's treatise on the curve), the centre of oscillation, and the gravitational constant, were matters Huygens only took seriously towards the end of the 17th century.BOOK, Joella G. Yoder, Unrolling Time: Christiaan Huygens and the Mathematization of Nature,weblink 10 May 2013, 8 July 2004, Cambridge University Press, 978-0-521-52481-0, 12, Mersenne had also written on musical theory. Huygens preferred meantone temperament; he innovated in 31 equal temperament, which was not itself a new idea but known to Francisco de Salinas, using logarithms to investigate it further and show its close relation to the meantone system.BOOK, H.F. Cohen, Quantifying Music: The Science of Music at the First Stage of Scientific Revolution 1580–1650,weblink 11 May 2013, 31 May 1984, Springer, 978-90-277-1637-8, 217–9, In 1654, Huygens returned to his father's house in The Hague, and was able to devote himself entirely to research. The family had another house, not far away at Hofwijck, and he spent time there during the summer. His scholarly life did not allow him to escape bouts of depression.BOOK, H. J. M. Bos, Lectures in the History of Mathematics,weblink 10 May 2013, 1993, American Mathematical Soc., 978-0-8218-9675-4, 64–, (File:Hofwijck garden-plans drawing.png|thumb|The garden plan at Hofwijck, 1653)Subsequently, Huygens developed a broad range of correspondents, though picking up the threads after 1648 was hampered by the five-year Fronde in France. Visiting Paris in 1655, Huygens called on Ismael Boulliau to introduce himself. Then Boulliau took him to see Claude Mylon.BOOK, C. D. Andriesse, Huygens: The Man Behind the Principle,weblink 10 May 2013, 25 August 2005, Cambridge University Press, 978-0-521-85090-2, 134, The Parisian group of savants that had gathered around Mersenne held together into the 1650s, and Mylon, who had assumed the secretarial role, took some trouble from then on to keep Huygens in touch.BOOK, Thomas Hobbes, The Correspondence: 1660–1679,weblink 10 May 2013, 1997, Oxford University Press, 978-0-19-823748-8, 868, Through Pierre de Carcavi Huygens corresponded in 1656 with Pierre de Fermat, whom he admired greatly, though this side of idolatry. The experience was bittersweet and even puzzling, since it became clear that Fermat had dropped out of the research mainstream, and his priority claims could probably not be made good in some cases. Besides, Huygens was looking by then to apply mathematics, while Fermat's concerns ran to purer topics.BOOK, Michael S. Mahoney, The Mathematical Career of Pierre de Fermat: 1601–1665,weblink 10 May 2013, 1994, Princeton University Press, 978-0-691-03666-3, 67–8,

Scientific debut

Huygens was often slow to publish his results and discoveries. In the early days his mentor Frans van Schooten was cautious for the sake of his reputation.BOOK, C. D. Andriesse, Huygens: The Man Behind the Principle,weblink 10 May 2013, 25 August 2005, Cambridge University Press, 978-0-521-85090-2, 126, The first work Huygens put in print was Theoremata de quadratura (1651) in the field of quadrature. It included material discussed with Mersenne some years before, such as the fallacious nature of the squaring of the circle by Grégoire de Saint-Vincent. His preferred methods were those of Archimedes and Fermat. Quadrature was a live issue in the 1650s, and through Mylon, Huygens intervened in the discussion of the mathematics of Thomas Hobbes. Persisting in trying to explain the errors Hobbes had fallen into, he made an international reputation.BOOK, Schoneveld, Cornelis W, Intertraffic of the Mind: Studies in Seventeenth-century Anglo-Dutch Translation with a Checklist of Books Translated from English Into Dutch, 1600–1700,weblink 22 April 2013, 1983, Brill Archive, 978-90-04-06942-8, 41, File:KettingHyugens.jpg|thumb|The catenarycatenaryHuygens studied spherical lenses from a theoretical point of view in 1652–3, obtaining results that remained unpublished until Isaac Barrow (1669). His aim was to understand telescopes.Dictionary, p. 472. He began grinding his own lenses in 1655, collaborating with his brother Constantijn.BOOK, Robert D. Huerta, Vermeer And Plato: Painting The Ideal,weblink 24 April 2013, 2005, Bucknell University Press, 978-0-8387-5606-5, 101, He designed in 1662 what is now called the Huygenian eyepiece, with two lenses, as a telescope ocular.BOOK, Randy O. Wayne, Light and Video Microscopy,weblink 24 April 2013, 28 July 2010, Academic Press, 978-0-08-092128-0, 72, Dictionary, p. 473. Lenses were also a common interest through which Huygens could meet socially in the 1660s with Baruch Spinoza, who ground them professionally. They had rather different outlooks on science, Spinoza being the more committed Cartesian, and some of their discussion survives in correspondence.BOOK, Margaret Gullan-Whur, Within Reason: A Life of Spinoza, 1998, Jonathan Cape, 0-224-05046-X, 170–1, He encountered the work of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, another lens grinder, in the field of microscopy which interested his father.BOOK, Ivor Grattan-Guinness, Landmark Writings in Western Mathematics 1640–1940,weblink 27 April 2013, 11 February 2005, Elsevier, 978-0-08-045744-4, 35, Huygens wrote the first treatise on probability theory, De ratiociniis in ludo aleae ("On Reasoning in Games of Chance", 1657).p963-965, Jan Gullberg, Mathematics from the birth of numbers, W. W. Norton & Company; {{ISBN|978-0-393-04002-9}} He had been told of recent work in the field by Fermat, Blaise Pascal and Girard Desargues two years earlier, in Paris.BOOK, Thomas Hobbes, The Correspondence: 1660–1679,weblink 11 May 2013, 1997, Oxford University Press, 978-0-19-823748-8, 841, Frans van Schooten translated the original Dutch manuscript "Van Rekeningh in Spelen van Geluck" into Latin and published it in his Exercitationum mathematicarum. It deals with games of chance, in particular the problem of points. Huygens took as intuitive his appeals to concepts of a "fair game" and equitable contract, and used them set up a theory of expected values.Garber and Ayers, p. 1124–5. In 1662 Sir Robert Moray sent Huygens John Graunt's life table, and in time Huygens and his brother Lodewijk worked on life expectancy.BOOK, Anders Hald, A History of Probability and Statistics and Their Applications before 1750,weblink 11 May 2013, 25 February 2005, John Wiley & Sons, 978-0-471-72517-6, 106, On 3 May 1661, Huygens observed the planet Mercury transit over the Sun, using the telescope of instrument maker Richard Reeve in London, together with astronomer Thomas Streete and Reeve.Peter Louwman, Christiaan Huygens and his telescopes, Proceedings of the International Conference, 13 – 17 April 2004, ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands, ESA, sp 1278, Paris 2004 Streete then debated the published record of the transit of Hevelius, a controversy mediated by Henry Oldenburg.BOOK, Adrian Johns, The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making,weblink 23 April 2013, 15 May 2009, University of Chicago Press, 978-0-226-40123-2, 437–8, Huygens passed to Hevelius a manuscript of Jeremiah Horrocks on the transit of Venus, 1639, which thereby was printed for the first time in 1662.BOOK, Venus Seen on the Sun: The First Observation of a Transit of Venus by Jeremiah Horrocks,weblink 23 April 2013, 2 March 2012, BRILL, 978-90-04-22193-2, xix, In that year Huygens, who played the harpsichord, took an interest in music, and Simon Stevin's theories on it; he showed very little concern to publish his theories on consonance, some of which were lost for centuries.BOOK, Jozef T. Devreese, 'Magic Is No Magic': The Wonderful World of Simon Stevin,weblink 11 May 2013, 2008, WIT Press, 978-1-84564-391-1, 277, BOOK, Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis, Lenses And Waves: Christiaan Huygens And The Mathematical Science Of Optics In The Seventeenth Century,weblink 11 May 2013, 1 October 2005, Springer, 978-1-4020-2698-0, 98, The Royal Society of London elected him a Fellow in 1663.BOOK, Gerrit A. Lindeboom, Boerhaave and Great Britain: Three Lectures on Boerhaave with Particular Reference to His Relations with Great Britain,weblink 11 May 2013, 1974, Brill Archive, 978-90-04-03843-1, 15,

In France

The Montmor Academy was the form the old Mersenne circle took after the mid-1650s.BOOK, David J. Sturdy, Science and Social Status: The Members of the "Académie Des Sciences", 1666–1750,weblink 11 May 2013, 1995, Boydell & Brewer, 978-0-85115-395-7, 17, Huygens took part in its debates, and supported its "dissident" faction who favoured experimental demonstration to curtail fruitless discussion, and opposed amateurish attitudes.BOOK, The anatomy of a scientific institution: the Paris Academy of Sciences, 1666–1803,weblink 27 April 2013, 1971, University of California Press, 978-0-520-01818-1, 7 note 12, During 1663 he made what was his third visit to Paris; the Montmor Academy closed down, and Huygens took the chance to advocate a more Baconian programme in science. In 1666 he moved to Paris and earned a position at Louis XIV's new French Academy of Sciences.BOOK, David J. Sturdy, Science and Social Status: The Members of the "Académie Des Sciences", 1666–1750,weblink 27 April 2013, 1995, Boydell & Brewer, 978-0-85115-395-7, 71–2, In Paris Huygens had an important patron and correspondent in Jean-Baptiste Colbert.BOOK, Jacob Soll, The information master: Jean-Baptiste Colbert's secret state intelligence system,weblink 27 April 2013, 2009, University of Michigan Press, 978-0-472-11690-4, 99, However, his relationship with the Academy was not always easy, and in 1670 Huygens, seriously ill, chose Francis Vernon to carry out a donation of his papers to the Royal Society in London, should he die.A. E. Bell, Christian Huygens (1950), pp. 65–6; archive.org. Then the Franco-Dutch War took place (1672–8). England's part in it (1672–4) is thought to have damaged his relationship with the Royal Society.BOOK, Jonathan I. Israel, Enlightenment Contested : Philosophy, Modernity, and the Emancipation of Man 1670–1752: Philosophy, Modernity, and the Emancipation of Man 1670–1752,weblink 11 May 2013, 12 October 2006, OUP Oxford, 978-0-19-927922-7, 210, Robert Hooke for the Royal Society lacked the urbanity to handle the situation, in 1673.BOOK, Lisa Jardine, The Curious Life of Robert Hooke, 2003, HarperCollins, 0-00-714944-1, 180–3, File:Christiaan Huygens by Jaques Clerion.jpg|thumb|Christiaan Huygens, relief by Jean-Jacques ClérionJean-Jacques ClérionDenis Papin was assistant to Huygens from 1671.BOOK, Joseph Needham, Science and Civilisation in China: Military technology : the gunpowder epic,weblink 22 April 2013, 1974, Cambridge University Press, 978-0-521-30358-3, 556, One of their projects, which did not bear fruit directly, was the gunpowder engine.BOOK, Joseph Needham, Military Technology: The Gunpowder Epic,weblink 22 April 2013, 1986, Cambridge University Press, 978-0-521-30358-3, xxxi, Papin moved to England in 1678, and continued to work in this area.BOOK, Alfred Rupert Hall, Ballistics in the Seventeenth Century: A Study in the Relations of Science and War with Reference Principally to England,weblink 22 April 2013, 1952, CUP Archive, 63, GGKEY:UT7XX45BRJX, Using the Paris Observatory (completed in 1672), Huygens made further astronomical observations. In 1678 he introduced Nicolaas Hartsoeker to French scientists such as Nicolas Malebranche and Giovanni Cassini.It was in Paris, also, that Huygens met the young diplomat Gottfried Leibniz, there in 1672 on a vain mission to meet Arnauld de Pomponne, the French Foreign Minister. At this time Leibniz was working on a calculating machine, and he moved on to London in early 1673 with diplomats from Mainz; but from March 1673 Leibniz was tutored in mathematics by Huygens.BOOK, Gottfried Wilhelm Freiherr von Leibniz, Leibniz: New Essays on Human Understanding,weblink 23 April 2013, 7 November 1996, Cambridge University Press, 978-0-521-57660-4, lxxxiii, Huygens taught him analytical geometry; an extensive correspondence ensued, in which Huygens showed reluctance to accept the advantages of infinitesimal calculus.BOOK, Marcelo Dascal, The practice of reason,weblink 23 April 2013, 2010, John Benjamins Publishing, 978-90-272-1887-2, 45,

Later life

Huygens moved back to The Hague in 1681 after suffering serious depressive illness. In 1684, he published Astroscopia Compendiaria on his new tubeless aerial telescope. He attempted to return to France in 1685 but the revocation of the Edict of Nantes precluded this move. His father died in 1687, and he inherited Hofwijck, which he made his home the following year.File:Hofwijck westkant.JPG|thumb|right|HofwijckHofwijckOn his third visit to England, in 1689, Huygens met Isaac Newton on 12 June. They spoke about Iceland spar, and subsequently corresponded about resisted motion.BOOK, Alfred Rupert Hall, Isaac Newton: Adventurer in thought, 1886, Cambridge University Press, 0-521-56669-X, 232, Huygens observed the acoustical phenomenon now known as flanging in 1693.BOOK, Curtis ROADS, The computer music tutorial,weblink 11 May 2013, 1996, MIT Press, 978-0-262-68082-0, 437, He died in The Hague on 8 July 1695, and was buried in the Grote Kerk.WEB,weblink GroteKerkDenHaag.nl, nl, GroteKerkDenHaag.nl, 13 June 2010, Huygens never married.{{
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Work in natural philosophy

Huygens has been called the leading European natural philosopher between Descartes and Newton.BOOK, Anders Hald, A History of Probability and Statistics and Their Applications before 1750,weblink 11 May 2013, 25 February 2005, John Wiley & Sons, 978-0-471-72517-6, 123, He adhered to the tenets of the mechanical philosophy of his time. In particular he sought explanations of the force of gravity that avoided action at a distance.BOOK, William L. Harper, Isaac Newton's Scientific Method: Turning Data into Evidence about Gravity and Cosmology,weblink 23 April 2013, 8 December 2011, Oxford University Press, 978-0-19-957040-9, 206–7, In common with Robert Boyle and Jacques Rohault, Huygens adhered to what has been called, more explicitly, "experimentally oriented corpuscular-mechanical" natural philosophy. In the analysis of the Scientific Revolution this appears as a mainstream position, at least from the founding of the Royal Society to the emergence of Newton, and was sometimes labelled "Baconian", while not being inductivist or identifying with the views of Francis Bacon in a simple-minded way.BOOK, R. C. Olby, G. N. Cantor, J. R. R. Christie, M. J. S. Hodge, Companion to the History of Modern Science,weblink 12 May 2013, 1 June 2002, Taylor & Francis, 978-0-415-14578-7, 238–40, After his first visit to England in 1661, when he attended a meeting of the Gresham College group in April and learned directly about Boyle's air pump experiments, Huygens spent time in late 1661 and early 1662 replicating the work. It proved a long process, brought to the surface an experimental issue ("anomalous suspension") and the theoretical issue of horror vacui, and ended in July 1663 as Huygens became a Fellow of the Royal Society. It has been said that Huygens finally accepted Boyle's view of the void, as against the Cartesian denial of it;BOOK, David B. Wilson, Seeking nature's logic,weblink 12 May 2013, 1 January 2009, Penn State Press, 978-0-271-04616-7, 19, and also (in Leviathan and the Air Pump) that the replication of results trailed off messily.BOOK, Stephen Shapin, Simon Schaffer, Leviathan and the Air Pump, 1989, Princeton University Press, 0-691-02432-4, 235–56, Newton's influence on John Locke was mediated by Huygens, who assured Locke that Newton's mathematics was sound, leading to Locke's acceptance of a "corpuscular-mechanical" physics.BOOK, Deborah Redman, The Rise of Political Economy As a Science: Methodology and the Classical Economists,weblink 12 May 2013, 1997, MIT Press, 978-0-262-26425-9, 62,

Laws of motion, impact and gravitation

The general approach of the mechanical philosophers was to postulate theories of the kind now called "contact action". Huygens adopted this method, but not without seeing its difficulties and failures.BOOK, Tian Yu Cao, Conceptual Developments of 20th Century Field Theories,weblink 11 May 2013, 14 May 1998, Cambridge University Press, 978-0-521-63420-5, 25–, Leibniz, his student in Paris, abandoned the theory.Garber and Ayers, p. 595. Seeing the universe this way made the theory of collisions central to physics. The requirements of the mechanical philosophy, in the view of Huygens, were stringent. Matter in motion made up the universe, and only explanations in those terms could be truly intelligible. While he was influenced by the Cartesian approach, he was less doctrinaire.BOOK, Peter Dear, The Intelligibility of Nature: How Science Makes Sense of the World,weblink 23 April 2013, 15 September 2008, University of Chicago Press, 978-0-226-13950-0, 25, He studied elastic collisions in the 1650s but delayed publication for over a decade.File:Collision huygens.gif|thumb|Depiction from Huygens, Oeuvres Complètes: a boating metaphor underlay the way of thinking about relative motionrelative motionHuygens concluded quite early that Descartes's laws for the elastic collision of two bodies must be wrong, and he formulated the correct laws.The Beginnings of Modern Science, edited by Rene Taton, Basic Books, 1958, 1964. An important step was his recognition of the Galilean invariance of the problems.Garber and Ayers, pp. 666–7. His views then took many years to be circulated. He passed them on in person to William Brouncker and Christopher Wren in London, in 1661.Garber and Ayers, p. 689. What Spinoza wrote to Henry Oldenburg about them, in 1666 which was during the Second Anglo-Dutch War, was guarded.BOOK, Jonathan I. Israel, Radical Enlightenment:Philosophy and the Making of Modernity 1650–1750,weblink 11 May 2013, 8 February 2001, Oxford University Press, 978-0-19-162287-8, lxii–lxiii, Huygens had actually worked them out in a manuscript De motu corporum ex percussione in the period 1652–6. The war ended in 1667, and Huygens announced his results to the Royal Society in 1668. He published them in the Journal des sçavans in 1669.Huygens stated what is now known as the second of Newton's laws of motion in a quadratic form.Ernst Mach, The Science of Mechanics (1919), e.g. pp. 143, 172, 187 . In 1659 he derived the now standard formula for the centripetal force, exerted on an object describing a circular motion, for instance by the string to which it is attached. In modern notation:
F_{c}=frac{m v^2}{r}
with m the mass of the object, v the velocity and r the radius. The publication of the general formula for this force in 1673 was a significant step in studying orbits in astronomy. It enabled the transition from Kepler's third law of planetary motion, to the inverse square law of gravitation.BOOK, J. B. Barbour, Absolute Or Relative Motion?: The discovery of dynamics,weblink 23 April 2013, 1989, CUP Archive, 978-0-521-32467-0, 542, The interpretation of Newton's work on gravitation by Huygens differed, however, from that of Newtonians such as Roger Cotes; he did not insist on the a priori attitude of Descartes, but neither would he accept aspects of gravitational attractions that were not attributable in principle to contact of particles.BOOK, A.I. Sabra, Theories of light: from Descartes to Newton,weblink 23 April 2013, 1981, CUP Archive, 978-0-521-28436-3, 166–9, The approach used by Huygens also missed some central notions of mathematical physics, which were not lost on others. His work on pendulums came very close to the theory of simple harmonic motion; but the topic was covered fully for the first time by Newton, in Book II of his Principia Mathematica (1687).BOOK, Richard Allen, David Hartley on human nature,weblink 12 May 2013, 1999, SUNY Press, 978-0-7914-9451-6, 98, In 1678 Leibniz picked out of Huygens's work on collisions the idea of conservation law that Huygens had left implicit.BOOK, Nicholas Jolley, The Cambridge Companion to Leibniz,weblink 12 May 2013, 1995, Cambridge University Press, 978-0-521-36769-1, 279,

Optics

Huygens is remembered especially for his wave theory of light, which he first communicated in 1678 to the Paris Académie des sciences. It was published in 1690 in his Traité de la lumièreChristiaan Huygens, Traité de la lumiere... (Leiden, Netherlands: Pieter van der Aa, 1690), Chapter 1. (Treatise on lightC. Huygens (1690), translated by Silvanus P. Thompson (1912), Treatise on Light, London: Macmillan, 1912; Project Gutenberg edition, 2005; Errata, 2016.), making it the first mathematical theory of light. He refers to Ignace-Gaston Pardies, whose manuscript on optics helped him on his wave theory.Traité de la lumiere... (Leiden, Netherlands: Pieter van der Aa, 1690), Chapter 1. From page 18Huygens assumes that the speed of light is finite, as had been shown in an experiment by Olaus Roemer in 1679, but which Huygens is presumed to have already believed.BOOK, A. Mark Smith, Descartes's Theory of Light and Refraction: A Discourse on Method,weblink 11 May 2013, 1987, American Philosophical Society, 978-0-87169-773-8, 70 with note 10, The challenge for the wave theory of light at that time was to explain geometrical optics, as most physical optics phenomena (such as diffraction) had not been observed or appreciated as issues. It posits light radiating wavefronts with the common notion of light rays depicting propagation normal to those wavefronts. Propagation of the wavefronts is then explained as the result of spherical waves being emitted at every point along the wave front (the Huygens–Fresnel principle).Shapiro, p. 208. It assumed an omnipresent ether, with transmission through perfectly elastic particles, a revision of the view of Descartes. The nature of light was therefore a longitudinal wave.Huygens had experimented in 1672 with double refraction (birefringence) in Icelandic spar (calcite), a phenomenon discovered in 1669 by Rasmus Bartholin. At first he could not elucidate what he found. He later explained it with his wave front theory and concept of evolutes. He also developed ideas on caustics.BOOK, Ivor Grattan-Guinness, Landmark Writings in Western Mathematics 1640–1940,weblink 23 April 2013, 11 February 2005, Elsevier, 978-0-08-045744-4, 43, Newton in his Opticks of 1704 proposed instead a corpuscular theory of light. The theory of Huygens was not widely accepted, one strong objection being that longitudinal waves have only a single polarization which cannot explain the observed birefringence. However the 1801 interference experiments of Thomas Young and François Arago 's 1819 detection of the Poisson spot could not be explained through any particle theory, reviving the ideas of Huygens and wave models. In 1821 Fresnel was able to explain birefringence as a result of light being not a longitudinal (as had been assumed) but actually a transverse wave.BOOK, Darryl J. Leiter, Sharon Leiter, A to Z of Physicists,weblink 11 May 2013, 1 January 2009, Infobase Publishing, 978-1-4381-0922-0, 108, The thus-named Huygens–Fresnel principle was the basis for the advancement of physical optics, explaining all aspects of light propagation. It was only understanding the detailed interaction of light with atoms that awaited quantum mechanics and the discovery of the photon.
Huygens investigated the use of lenses in projectors. He is credited as the inventor of the magic lantern, described in correspondence of 1659.BOOK, Jordan D. Marché, Theaters Of Time And Space: American Planetariums, 1930–1970,weblink 23 April 2013, 2005, Rutgers University Press, 978-0-8135-3576-0, 11, There are others to whom such a lantern device has been attributed, such as Giambattista della Porta, and Cornelis Drebbel: the point at issue is the use of a lens for better projection. Athanasius Kircher has also been credited for that.BOOK, C. D. Andriesse, Huygens: The Man Behind the Principle,weblink 23 April 2013, 25 August 2005, Cambridge University Press, 978-0-521-85090-2, 128,

Horology

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Huygens designed more accurate clocks than were available at the time. In 1656, inspired by earlier research into pendulums by Galileo Galilei, he invented the pendulum clock, which was a breakthrough in timekeeping and became the most accurate timekeeper for the next 275 years until the 1930s.JOURNAL
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, Huygens contracted the construction of his clock designs to Salomon Coster in The Hague, with a local patent (octroy). He was less successful elsewhere: Pierre Séguier refused him any French rights, Simon Douw of Rotterdam copied the design in 1658, and Ahasuerus Fromanteel also, in London.BOOK, Epstein/Prak, Guilds, Innovation and the European Economy, 1400–1800,weblink 10 May 2013, Cambridge University Press, 978-1-139-47107-7, 269–70, 2010, The oldest known Huygens-style pendulum clock is dated 1657 and can be seen at the Museum Boerhaave in Leiden.Hans van den Ende: "Huygens's Legacy, The Golden Age of the Pendulum Clock", Fromanteel Ldt., 2004,van Kersen, Frits & van den Ende, Hans: Oppwindende Klokken – De Gouden Eeuw van het Slingeruurwerk 12 September – 29 November 2004 [Exhibition Catalog Paleis Het Loo]; Apeldoorn: Paleis Het Loo,2004,Hooijmaijers, Hans; Telling time – Devices for time measurement in museum Boerhaave – A Descriptive Catalogue; Leiden: Museum Boerhaave, 2005No Author given; Chistiaan Huygens 1629–1695, Chapter 1: Slingeruurwerken; Leiden: Museum Boerhaave, 1988Huygens motivation for inventing the pendulum clock was to create an accurate marine chronometer that could be used to find longitude by celestial navigation during sea voyages. Exploiting the invention at sea proved troublesome, however, because the rocking motion of the ship disturbed the motion of the pendulum. In 1660 Lodewijk Huygens made a trial on a voyage to Spain, and reported that heavy weather made the clock useless. Alexander Bruce elbowed into the field in 1662, and Huygens called in Sir Robert Moray and the Royal Society to mediate and preserve some of his rights.BOOK, Joella G. Yoder, Unrolling Time: Christiaan Huygens and the Mathematization of Nature,weblink 12 May 2013, 8 July 2004, Cambridge University Press, 978-0-521-52481-0, 152, Trials continued into the 1660s, the best news coming from a Royal Navy captain Robert Holmes operating against the Dutch possessions in 1664.BOOK, Michael R. Matthews, Time for Science Education: How Teaching the History and Philosophy of Pendulum Motion Can Contribute to Science Literacy,weblink 12 May 2013, 2000, Springer, 978-0-306-45880-4, 137–8, Lisa Jardine BOOK, Lisa Jardine, Going Dutch: How the English Plundered Holland's Glory, 1 April 2008, HarperPress, 978-0007197323, Chapter 10, doubts that Holmes reported the results of the trial accurately, and Samuel Pepys expressed his doubts at the time: The said master [i.e. the captain of Holmes' ship] affirmed, that the vulgar reckoning proved as near as that of the watches, which [the clocks], added he, had varied from one another unequally, sometimes backward, sometimes forward, to 4, 6, 7, 3, 5 minutes; as also that they had been corrected by the usual account. One for the French Academy on an expedition to Cayenne ended badly. Jean Richer suggested correction for the figure of the Earth. By the time of the Dutch East India Company expedition of 1686 to the Cape of Good Hope, Huygens was able to supply the correction retrospectively.Dictionary, p. 471.

Pendulums

File:Christiaan Huygens Clock and Horologii Oscillatorii.jpg|thumb|left|Spring driven pendulum clock, designed by Huygens, built by instrument maker Salomon Coster (1657),WEB,weblink Boerhaave Museum Top Collection: Hague clock (Pendulum clock) (Room 3/Showcase V20), Museumboerhaave.nl, 13 June 2010, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110219235601weblink">weblink 19 February 2011, dmy-all, and copy of the Horologium Oscillatorium,WEB,weblink Boerhaave Museum Top Collection: Horologium oscillatorium, siue, de motu pendulorum ad horologia aptato demonstrationes geometricae (Room 3/Showcase V20), Museumboerhaave.nl, 13 June 2010, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110220041948weblink">weblink 20 February 2011, dmy-all, Museum Boerhaave, LeidenLeidenIn 1673 Huygens published Horologium Oscillatorium sive de motu pendulorum, his major work on pendulums and horology. It had been observed by Mersenne and others that pendulums are not quite isochronous: their period depends on their width of swing, with wide swings taking slightly longer than narrow swings.Marin Mersenne 1647 Reflectiones Physico-Mathematicae, Paris, Chapter 19, cited in CONFERENCE
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Huygens analyzed this problem by finding the curve down which a mass will slide under the influence of gravity in the same amount of time, regardless of its starting point; the so-called tautochrone problem. By geometrical methods which were an early use of calculus, he showed it to be a cycloid, rather than the circular arc of a pendulum's bob, and therefore that pendulums are not isochronous. He also solved a problem posed by Mersenne: how to calculate the period of a pendulum made of an arbitrarily shaped swinging rigid body. This involved discovering the center of oscillation and its reciprocal relationship with the pivot point. In the same work, he analysed the conical pendulum, consisting of a weight on a cord moving in a circle, using the concept of centrifugal force.(File:H6 clock.jpg|thumb|Detail of illustration from Horologium Oscillatorium (1658), by Huygens)File:Christiaan Huygens - Clock - Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam - 2.JPG|thumb|Huygens clock, RijksmuseumRijksmuseumHuygens was the first to derive the formula for the period of an ideal mathematical pendulum (with massless rod or cord and length much longer than its swing), in modern notation:
T = 2 pi sqrt{frac{l}{g}}
with T the period, l the length of the pendulum and g the gravitational acceleration. By his study of the oscillation period of compound pendulums Huygens made pivotal contributions to the development of the concept of moment of inertia.Huygens also observed coupled oscillations: two of his pendulum clocks mounted next to each other on the same support often became synchronized, swinging in opposite directions. He reported the results by letter to the Royal Society, and it is referred to as "an odd kind of sympathy" in the Society's minutes.Thomas Birch, "The History of the Royal Society of London, for Improving of Natural Knowledge, in which the most considerable of those papers...as a supplement to the Philosophical Transactions", vol 2, (1756) p 19.A copy of the letter appears in C. Huygens, in Oeuvres Completes de Christian Huygens, edited by M. Nijhoff (Societe Hollandaise des Sciences, The Hague, The Netherlands, 1893), Vol. 5, p. 246 (in French). This concept is now known as entrainment.(File:Huygens synchronization of two clocks (Experiment).jpg|thumbnail|left|Experimental setup of Huygens synchronization of two clocks)

Balance spring watch

Huygens developed a balance spring watch in the same period as, though independently of, Robert Hooke. Controversy over the priority persisted for centuries. A Huygens watch employed a spiral balance spring; but he used this form of spring initially only because the balance in his first watch rotated more than one and a half turns. He later used spiral springs in more conventional watches, made for him by Thuret in Paris from around 1675.(File:Huygens Systema Saturnium.jpg|thumb|left|Huygens' explanation for the aspects of Saturn, Systema Saturnium, 1659.)Such springs were essential in modern watches with a detached lever escapement because they can be adjusted for isochronism. Watches in the time of Huygens and Hooke, however, employed the very undetached verge escapement. It interfered with the isochronal properties of any form of balance spring, spiral or otherwise.In February 2006, a long-lost copy of Hooke's handwritten notes from several decades of Royal Society meetings was discovered in a cupboard in Hampshire, England. The balance-spring priority controversy appears, by the evidence contained in those notes, to be settled in favour of Hooke's claim.Nature – International Weekly Journal of Science, number 439, pages 638–639, 9 February 2006Notes and Records of the Royal Society (2006) 60, pages 235–239, 'Report – The Return of the Hooke Folio' by Robyn Adams and Lisa JardineIn 1675, Huygens patented a pocket watch. The watches which were made in Paris from c. 1675 and following the Huygens plan are notable for lacking a fusee for equalizing the mainspring torque. The implication is that Huygens thought that his spiral spring would isochronise the balance, in the same way that he thought that the cycloidally shaped suspension curbs on his clocks would isochronise the pendulum.

Astronomy

(File:Aerialtelescope.jpg|thumb|upright|Huygens' telescope without tube. Picture from his 1684 Astroscopia Compendiaria tubi optici molimine liberata (compound telescopes without a tube))

Saturn's rings and Titan

In 1655, Huygens proposed that Saturn was surrounded by a solid ring, "a thin, flat ring, nowhere touching, and inclined to the ecliptic." Using a 50 power refracting telescope that he designed himself, Huygens also discovered the first of Saturn's moons, Titan.Ron Baalke, Historical Background of Saturn's Rings {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20090321071339weblink |date=21 March 2009 }} In the same year he observed and sketched the Orion Nebula. His drawing, the first such known of the Orion nebula, was published in Systema Saturnium in 1659. Using his modern telescope he succeeded in subdividing the nebula into different stars. The brighter interior now bears the name of the Huygenian region in his honour.BOOK, Antony Cooke, Visual Astronomy Under Dark Skies: A New Approach to Observing Deep Space,weblink 24 April 2013, 1 January 2005, Springer, 978-1-84628-149-5, 67, He also discovered several interstellar nebulae and some double stars.

Mars and Syrtis Major

In 1659, Huygens was the first to observe a surface feature on another planet, Syrtis Major, a volcanic plain on Mars. He used repeated observations of the movement of this feature over the course of a number of days to estimate the length of day on Mars, which he did quite accurately to 24 1/2 hours. This figure is only a few minutes off of the actual length of the Martian day of 24 hours, 37 minutesweblink

Cosmotheoros

Shortly before his death in 1695, Huygens completed Cosmotheoros, published posthumously in 1698. In it he speculated on the existence of extraterrestrial life, on other planets, which he imagined was similar to that on Earth. Such speculations were not uncommon at the time, justified by Copernicanism or the plenitude principle. But Huygens went into greater detail,BOOK, Philip C. Almond, Adam and Eve in Seventeenth-Century Thought,weblink 24 April 2013, 27 November 2008, Cambridge University Press, 978-0-521-09084-1, 61–2, though without the benefit of understanding Newton's laws of gravitation, or the fact that the atmospheres on other planets are composed of different gasesweblink The work, translated into English in its year of publication, has been seen as in the fanciful tradition of Francis Godwin, John Wilkins and Cyrano de Bergerac, and fundamentally Utopian; and also to owe in its concept of planet to cosmography in the sense of Peter Heylin.BOOK, Postmus, Bouwe, Plokhoy's A way pronouned: Mennonite Utopia or Millennium?, Dominic Baker-Smith and Cedric Charles Barfoot, Between dream and nature: essays on utopia and dystopia,weblink 24 April 2013, 1987, Amsterdam, Rodopi, 978-90-6203-959-3, 86–8, BOOK, Juliet Cummins, David Burchell, Science, Literature, and Rhetoric in Early Modern England,weblink 24 April 2013, 2007, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 978-0-7546-5781-1, 194–5, Huygens wrote that availability of water in liquid form was essential for life and that the properties of water must vary from planet to planet to suit the temperature range. He took his observations of dark and bright spots on the surfaces of Mars and Jupiter to be evidence of water and ice on those planets.WEB,weblink Johar Huzefa (2009) Nothing But The Facts – Christiaan Huygens, Brighthub.com, 28 September 2009, 13 June 2010, He argued that extraterrestrial life is neither confirmed nor denied by the Bible, and questioned why God would create the other planets if they were not to serve a greater purpose than that of being admired from Earth. Huygens postulated that the great distance between the planets signified that God had not intended for beings on one to know about the beings on the others, and had not foreseen how much humans would advance in scientific knowledge.BOOK, Jacob, Margaret, The Scientific Revolution, 2010, Bedford/St. Martin's, Boston, 29, 107–114, It was also in this book that Huygens published his method for estimating stellar distances. He made a series of smaller holes in a screen facing the sun, until he estimated the light was of the same intensity as that of the star Sirius. He then calculated that the angle of this hole was 1/27,664th the diameter of the Sun, and thus it was about 30,000 times as far away, on the (incorrect) assumption that Sirius is as luminous as our sun. The subject of photometry remained in its infancy until the time of Pierre Bouguer and Johann Heinrich Lambert.BOOK, Russell Mccormmach, Weighing the World: The Reverend John Michell of Thornhill,weblink 12 May 2013, 2012, Springer, 978-94-007-2022-0, 129–31,

Portraits

During his lifetime

Statues

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Named after Huygens

Science

Other

Works

File:Christiaan-huygens2.jpg|thumb|upright|Possible depiction of Huygens right of center, detail from , 1666 by Henri Testelin. Colbert presents the members of the newly founded Académie des Sciences to king Louis XIV of FranceLouis XIV of France

Tome I: Correspondance 1638–1656 (1888). Tome II: Correspondance 1657–1659 (1889). Tome III: Correspondance 1660–1661 (1890). Tome IV: Correspondance 1662–1663 (1891). Tome V: Correspondance 1664–1665 (1893). Tome VI: Correspondance 1666–1669 (1895). Tome VII: Correspondance 1670–1675 (1897). Tome VIII: Correspondance 1676–1684 (1899). Tome IX: Correspondance 1685–1690 (1901). Tome X: Correspondance 1691–1695 (1905). Tome XI: Travaux mathématiques 1645–1651 (1908). Tome XII: Travaux mathématiques pures 1652–1656 (1910). Tome XIII, Fasc. I: Dioptrique 1653, 1666 (1916). Tome XIII, Fasc. II: Dioptrique 1685–1692 (1916). Tome XIV: Calcul des probabilités. Travaux de mathématiques pures 1655–1666 (1920). Tome XV: Observations astronomiques. Système de Saturne. Travaux astronomiques 1658–1666 (1925). Tome XVI: Mécanique jusqu’à 1666. Percussion. Question de l'existence et de la perceptibilité du mouvement absolu. Force centrifuge (1929). Tome XVII: L’horloge à pendule de 1651 à 1666. Travaux divers de physique, de mécanique et de technique de 1650 à 1666. Traité des couronnes et des parhélies (1662 ou 1663) (1932). Tome XVIII: L'horloge à pendule ou à balancier de 1666 à 1695. Anecdota (1934). Tome XIX: Mécanique théorique et physique de 1666 à 1695. Huygens à l'Académie royale des sciences (1937). Tome XX: Musique et mathématique. Musique. Mathématiques de 1666 à 1695 (1940). Tome XXI: Cosmologie (1944). Tome XXII: Supplément à la correspondance. Varia. Biographie de Chr. Huygens. Catalogue de la vente des livres de Chr. Huygens (1950).

See also

Notes

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References

Further reading

External links

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Primary sources, translations

Museums

  • weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070716001341weblink">Huygensmuseum Hofwijck in Voorburg, Netherlands, where Huygens lived and worked.
  • Huygens Clocks exhibition from the Science Museum, London
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