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Who was Huygens?

Huygens building by night
Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695, born and deceased in The Hague) 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 shock absorbers for coaches and a magic lantern, and he built telescopes and microscopes.
The beautiful main building of the Science Faculty of the Radboud University Nijmegen has been named after the celebrated scientist Christiaan Huygens.
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last modified: 1 May 2012