Christian Huyghens (1629 to 1695)

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Date
1962
Summary
Huyghens (HY-gunz) discovery that Saturn is surrounded by rings which look different on earth at different times led to considerable speculation as to the nature of the rings.  Some scientists believed they were solid, others maintained they were made up of particles of matter, as is actually the case.  Among Huyghens’ other discoveries was the triangular expanse on Mars (“Syrtis Major”), which may be an expanse of vegetation.  He also invented a very fine eyepiece, still used by physicists, which overcomes color spread.  And “Huyghens Principle” regarding light spread is also constantly in use.  Despite early illness and his resulting weak constitution, Huyghens was able to make discoveries that have been inestimable use to scientists who came after him.
Publishers
WNET/13; Indiana University
Genres
Educational; Lecture
Subject
Huygens, Christiaan, 1629-1695
Collection
National Educational Television
Unit
IUL Moving Image Archive
Language
English
Rights Statement
No Copyright - United States
Physical Description
1 Film (0:29:25); 16mm
Notes
Gift to the IUB Libraries from Instructional Support Services.
Other Identifiers
IULMIA Film Database: 40000003266428; Other: GR00401909; MDPI Barcode: 40000003266428

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