Christiaan Huygens Facts

Christiaan Huygens Facts
Christiaan Huygens (April 14, 1629 to July 8, 1695) was a great Dutch mathematician and scientist. He is known mostly as an astronomer, physicist, probabilist, and horologist.
Interesting Christiaan Huygens Facts:
Huygens was the second oldest son out of five children of Constantijn Huygens and Suzanna van Baerle.
His father was a wealthy Dutch poet and musician.
Huygens's father was friends with many great scientists like Galileo Galilei, Marin Mersenne, and René Descartes.
He published about 21 works.
Huygens was educated at home by his father until he was sixteen-years-old where he got a formal education. His father gave him a very liberal education.
When he was in college he showed a great interest and great potential for mathematics, so much so that his teachers compared him to Archimedes. His father worked at the college where he went to school.
Huygens was a one of the leading scientists of his time.
The first work he published was Theoremata de quadratura which he published in 1651.
In 1655 Huygens used a telescope he created himself to view Saturn, and discovered Titan, one of Saturn's moons.
In the same year he observed and sketched the Orion Nebula. He called his first sketch Systema Saturnium.
Huygens also discovered the interstellar nebulae and some double stars.
He was always slow, and reluctant to publish new works because he wanted to protect his reputation. His teachers were all like this too.
His work included early telescopic studies of the rings of Saturn and the discovery of its moon Titan, the invention of the pendulum clock and other investigations in timekeeping.
He published major studies of mechanics and optics, and a pioneer work on games of chance.
Huygens spent a lot of time studying spherical lenses so he could better understand telescopes.
He created many telescopes himself and used them for his own studies of space.
He designed more accurate clocks than were available at the time. He created the pendulum clock. The creation of pendulums was very important.
In 1673 he published his work on pendulums Horologium Oscillatorium sive de motu pendulorum.
Huygens died on July 8, 1695 at the age of sixty-six-years-old.


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