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Horologium oscillatorium: sive, De motu pendulorum ad horologia aptato By Christiaan Huygens. About this book. Terms of Service · Plain text · PDF. THREE great works laid the foundation of modern mechanics: Galilei’s “ Discourses on Two New Sciences”(), Huygens’s “Horo–logium Oscillatorium ”(). Horologium Oscillatorium: Christiaan Huygens: publication in of his Horologium Oscillatorium. That brilliant work contained a theory on the mathematics.

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If you wish to send me a message, then click on my name. This clock was presumably used to conduct kscillatorium on circular motion, and on the misnamed centrifugal force in particular, for which a number of theorems are set out without proof.

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ohrologium This page was last edited on 9 Octoberat Part III is a rather wonderful essay on the properties of the Evolutes of Curves and their lengths, starting with the cycloid, the parabola, and others oscjllatorium from conic sections and higher order curves. Part IVB evaluates the centre of oscillation for many familiar shapes in two and three dimesions as canditates horoloogium the pendulum bob.

The book oscullatorium also known for its strangely worded dedication to Louis XIV. The Measurement of Time and of Longitude at Sea”.

If nothing else, it demonstrates the beauty of the analytical methods that were soon to appear. Blackwell, which I discovered only after most of my own translation; this admirable translation does not however include mathematical notes, apart from an introduction by H. Mathematical and methodological differences”.


This work inspired a generation of physicists and mathematicians, including Newton, Johanne Bernoulli, and Euler, for it reaches far beyond the working of pendulum clocks, and it still deserves a place in the historical presentation of the subject as presented today in elementary physics text books. I am indebted on several points to the translation of Richard J. Horologium Oscillatorium The Pendulum Clock, or Geometrical demonstrations concerning the motion of pendula as applied to clocks.

Archived from the original hirologium This work deserves to be read by all physicists and mathematicians with an interest in physics. Part IVA is a recipe for finding the centre of oscillation for a suspended shape.

Horologium Oscillatorium | work by Huygens |

However, if you are a student, teacher, or just someone with an interest, you can copy part or all of the work for legitimate personal or educational use. The later theorems return to the clock, which is now standardised, and a use in determining a standard of length, as well as the acceleration of gravity, are investigated. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Part IIA relates to a careful geometrical examination of the speed and distance travelled by a body falling from rest in successive time intervals both vertically and down inclined planes; before embarking on motion down the cycloid curve, which is set out in part IIB.


Horoloogium article about a physics -related book is a stub. In the second part of the book, Huygens states three hypotheses on the motion of bodies.

You will find many familiar propositions here in an unfamiliar guise. The fourth part of the book is concerned with the study of the center of oscillation. Click here for Concerning the Reasoning in Games of Chance.

Acta Hispanica ad Medicinae Scientiarumque. Most of the first part is concerned with the making and testing of such clocks. One presumes that Huygens made use of such tools in his derivation, which remain hidden.

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Mahoney can be found on the web, which provides the analysis for the final theorems. I reserve the right to publish this translated work in book or e-book form. The motion of a body falling along a cycloid. I am indebted osciklatorium to the editors of Huygens’ works, and to the Bibliotheque numerique Huygens is seen as the outstanding physicist of the pre-Newton age who pointed the way forwards.

Iowa State University Press. Retrieved 14 November Huygens makes use of traditional Greek geometry and leans on Galileo in establishing the tautochronic behaviour of the cycloid, which is rather heavy going with such limited mathematical tools.