Chritiaaan Huygens (1629-1695)

Waves are as important as particles. We all know this, and we all know where Christiaan Huygens stands in the history of physics.

  • As far as mechanics is concerned, did you know that Huygens derived the following formulas before Newton?

    for the pendulum and the centrifugal force.

  • We learn these formulas during the high school years, before learning Newton's second law based on calculus.

Before talking about why Newton ranks higher than Huygens in physics, let us look at some photos of the House of the Huygens, known as Huygens’ Hofwijck, in Voorburg near Rotterdam. You know where Rotterdam is.

How did he talk to Einstein?
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The photo of Dirac and Heisenberg is from the AIP Emilio Segre Visual Archives.