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Unrolling Time: Christiaan Huygens and the Mathematization of Nature (Hardback)
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Unrolling Time: Christiaan Huygens and the Mathematization of Nature (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 24/02/1989
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This case study examines the interrelationship between mathematics and physics in the work of one of the major figures of the Scientific Revolution: the Dutch mathematician, physicist, and astronomer, Christian Huygens (1629-1695). Joella Yoder details the creative interaction that led Huygens to invent a pendulum clock that theoretically beat absolutely uniform time, to measure the constant of gravitational acceleration, to analyze centrifugal force, and to create the mathematical theory of evolutes. In the second half of the book, Dr Yoder places Huygens's work in the context of his time by examining his relationship with other scientists and the priority disputes that sometimes motivated his research. The role of evolutes in the history of mathematics is analyzed; the reception of Huygens's masterpiece, the Horologium Oscillatorium of 1673, is described; and finally, the part that Christian Huygens played in the rise of applied mathematics is addressed.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521341400
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 550 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"In her account of Huygen's mathematical reasonings, Yoder achieves an admirable combination of clarity and concision with faithfulness to the original. Her book casts a new and clear light on a mid-seventeenth-century phase of the scientific revolution." The Eighteenth Century
"...a significant contribution to scholarship on Huygens and to our understanding of scientific thinking in his time." Choice
"...an enlightening, sometimes surprising account fo the 'beautiful, intricate display of creativity.'" Perceptual and Motor Skills
"...Yoder has written a little gem of modern history of science at its scholarly best...it deserves to be read outside the confines of that discipline." Contemporary Physics

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