Christian Huyghens (1629 to 1695)
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.
WTTW, Chicago; Dan Q. Posin
National Educational Television; Indiana University Audio-Visual Center
Huygens, Christiaan, 1629-1695
National Educational Television
IUL Moving Image Archive
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1 Film (0:29:25); 16mm
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IULMIA Film Database: 40000003266428; Other: GR00401909; MDPI Barcode: 40000003266428
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