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Huygens: The Man behind the Principle

Huygens: The Man behind the Principle

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  • Date Published: September 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521850902

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  • This biography on Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695) describes in detail how he arrived at discoveries and inventions often wrongly ascribed to Newton. The great seventeenth-century Dutch mathematician and physicist played a key role in the 'scientific revolution' and the Huygens Principle on the wave theory of light helped establish his reputation. Moreover, the discovery of Saturn's rings and the invention of the pendulum clock made him so famous that he was invited to be the first director of the French Academy of Science.

    • Was the first broad-ranging English biography of this famous historical figure
    • Interdisciplinary, author is a scientist well versed in the humanities
    • Annotated and updated from the original Dutch version
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    "a very diligently referenced work"
    Steven Frankel, MAA Reviews, MathDL

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521850902
    • length: 476 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 161 x 34 mm
    • weight: 0.8kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    A commemoration
    1. Titan
    2. Father
    3. Mother
    4. Family portrait
    5. Student
    6. Collisions
    7. Saturn
    8. Force
    9. Temperament
    10. Weight
    11. Crisis
    12. Light
    13. Dismissal
    14. Orphan
    15. Heaven
    Further reading.

  • Author

    C. D. Andriesse, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands


    Sally Miedema

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