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Construction Huygens building

Naming of the Huygens building

The beautiful main building of the Science Faculty of the Radboud University Nijmegen has been named after the celebrated scientist Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695, born and deceased in The Hague. Christiaan Huygens is known as one of the most influent and multidisciplinary Dutch scientist and inventor. He made important discoveries in the field of mathematics (in particular probability calculations, the quadrature of the circle), physics (the wave theory of light, the law of momentum conservation and findings on centrifugal force and elastic collisions), astronomy (described among others the rings of Saturnus and her moon Titan), music division of the octave into 31 equal intervals. He realized instruments like the pendulum clock and the marine timepiece, but also developped shock absorbers for coaches and built a magic lantern, telescopes and microscopes. (Source: collection of the Boerhaave museum)

Building process

A webcam was directed on the Toernooiveld area during the construction of the Huygensbuilding. The roughly 75 000 pictures recorded with this webcam were processed by CNCZ colleague Bert Witte to a movie in which the Huygens building seems to grow like a model object. Click here for a webpage version of this movie. (70 MB, so it takes a while before it plays! © Bert Witte; used with permission; with thanks to interNLnet).


Gallery with photographs of the construction of the first two wings of the Huygens building (2002-2004) 

Construction and constructors of the Huygens building
To see the larger picture in the frame, click on the thumbnails below or on the names in the list right
zoom-in image of the construction
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Photography and copyrights on photographs: Dick van Aalst (FNWI)

last modified: 1 Jan 2014