Christiaan Huygens

1629 - 1695

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Christiaan Huygens was a Dutch mathematician who patented the first pendulum clock, which greatly increased the accuracy of time measurement. He laid the foundations of mechanics and also worked on astronomy and probability.
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List of References (71 books/articles)

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Additional Material in MacTutor

  1. Christiaan Huygens' article on Saturn's Ring
  2. Huygens' Traité de la lumière

Honours awarded to Christiaan Huygens
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Fellow of the Royal Society1663
Lunar featuresMons Huygens
Paris street namesRue Huyghens (14th Arrondissement)
Lunar featuresCrater Huygens on Mars
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Other Web sites
  1. Encyclopaedia Britannica
  2. Astroseti (A Spanish translation of this biography)
  3. University of Leiden
  4. NNDB
  5. Rouse Ball
  1. The Galileo Project
  2. Science Museum Florence
  3. GMFW (Briefwisseling met zijn broer Lodewijk -- in Dutch)
  4. Mathematical Genealogy Project

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