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Christiaan Huygens

Christiaan Huygens was a pre-eminent scientist born in April of 1629 at The Hague. His essays delved into areas that many people living in his time did not truly comprehend. In 1651, one of his essays demonstrated quadrature system fallacies, proposed by another scientist. Huygens realized that modern methods brought in essential points unknown by former essay writers.

Christiaan Huygens

Huygens worked to improve the telescope, as well. His brother and he worked together to devise a better, new way to grind and polish telescope lenses. After this breakthrough, numerous astronomical questions were resolved. His observations necessitated more precise time measurements. This led to the invention of a pendulum clock, which replaced the balance-clocks of the day.

Huygens spent time in England around 1657, but by that time he had such a positive reputation for brilliance that Louis XIV offered a pension to live in Paris. This city became Huygens' home. He published a memoir that proved momentum in one direction preceding collision of two separate bodies is the same as after that collision.

In 1673, Huygens' Horologium Oscillatorium was published in Paris. He devoted a chapter to pendulum clocks, and another to heavy body descent in a vacuum, under their weight, whether in a smooth curve or vertically. He demonstrated the means by which a moving line could be determined. He also solved the compound pendulum problem, by showing that the oscillation and suspension centers were interchangeable.

Huygens also discussed once more the clock theory, and this chapter contained the first attempt at applying finite size body dynamics which previously had only applied to particles, by popular belief.

Huygens proposed in 1675 to regulate timepiece motion using a balance spring. Smaller clocks and watched were invented in the early 16th century, and they were common but unreliable, driven by one main spring. The first balance spring watch was made under the direction of Huygens and given to Louis XIV.

Huygens traveled in 1681 back to Holland, and worked with enormous focal length lenses. He presented the three longest focal lengths to The Royal Society of London, which still owns them today. He also discovered a telescope's achromatic eye-piece, named after him.

In 1690, Huygens published a treatise explaining the undulatory theory. This dealt with the mechanical production of light, and the limited ways it could be produced. He used previous hypotheses to deduce the refraction and reflexion laws, and explained double refraction. He had also experimented with polarization.

Isaac Newton rejected the emission theory by Huygens, and Newton's reputation carried much weight, although his position in his theory was to be proven untenable. As it turned out, Huygens himself didn't account for all of the facts involved, and the problem regarding the way the effects of light are produced still is not completely solved.

Until his death in 1695, Huygens discovered important facts in physics, astronomy and mathematics. He also found the rings of Saturn, and a moon of Saturn as well. His work is still referred to today, in the areas of centrifugal force.


Rumor Has It

Rumor has it that Christiaan Huygens discovered the revolving credit account thereby rendering that many bodies in motion don't stay in motion, rather they end up in debt and living on your couch.

Written by Kevin Lepton