Huygens: The Man Behind the Principle

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Cambridge University Press, 25 aug. 2005 - 440 pagina's
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Huygens; The Man Behind the Principle is the story of the great seventeenth-century Dutch mathematician and physicist, Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695). As the first complete biography ever written this book 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 has 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.
 

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Inhoudsopgave

Titan
1
Mother
30
Family portrait
48
Student
69
Collisions
94
Saturn
121
Force
151
Temperament
181
Crisis
248
Light
283
Dismissal
317
Orphan
348
Heaven
369
Bibliography
404
Index
434
Copyright

Weight
214

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Over de auteur (2005)

C.D. Andriesse studied physical engineering at the Technical University in Delft and gained his Ph.D. in 1969. His research career moved first into astrophysics at the University of Groningen and then materials research, with a prime interest in nuclear safety and electrical network stability. Since 1989 he has been a professor at the University of Utrecht, researching energy conversions in fuel cells and wind turbines. In addition to his research articles, Professor Andriesse's non-research publications include a handbook on problems with nuclear energy, for the IAEA, essays on the cultural value of technology, diverse historical work and an intellectual autobiography.

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