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Huygens: The Man behind the Principle

Huygens: The Man behind the Principle

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


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  • Huygens: The Man behind the Principle is the story of the great seventeenth-century Dutch mathematician and physicist Christiaan Huygens (1629–95). This comprehensive biography describes in detail how Huygens arrived at discoveries and inventions that are often wrongly ascribed to Newton. Huygens played a key role in the 'scientific revolution', and the Huygens Principle on the wave theory of light helped establish his reputation. 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, but his life as director teetered on the edge of powerlessness. Despite Huygens' many achievements no complete biography had previously been published in English. This book gives scientists and historians the opportunity to learn more about all aspects of Huygens' life while bringing his story to a wider audience.

    • 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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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of the hardback: 'This biography by C. D. Andriesse … brings a wealth of newly translated information, making it the richest source of information in English about the seventeenth-century Dutch polymath. … Andriesse's book is a fascinating account …' Nature

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 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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