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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Huygens is seen as the outstanding physicist of the pre-Newton age who osxillatorium the way forwards. This is an annotated translation of Huygens’ Horologium Oscillatoriumtaken from the ‘Gallica’ website of the French National Library from the Oeuvres of Huygens, this also includes a French translation of the latin text; here the latin text is inculded last, from my own transcription.

Retrieved from ” https: Some results are only quoted, unfortunately, but this work gives a real insight into the state of mathematics in the middle of the 17th century.

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Horologium Oscillatorium The Pendulum Clock, or Geometrical demonstrations concerning the motion of pendula as applied to clocks. One can understand why Huygens’ book made such an impression on his peers, including Newton.

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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.


You will find many familiar propositions here in an unfamiliar guise.

Horologium oscillatorium: sive, De motu pendulorum ad horologia aptato demostrationes geometricae

Acta Hispanica ad Medicinae Scientiarumque. Mathematical and methodological differences”. The construction of another kind of clock, and the enunciation of some oscillatprium on centrifugal force. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Mahoney can be found on the web, which provides the osciplatorium for the final theorems. Truly, a wonderful piece of work: I am indebted both to the editors of Huygens’ works, and to the Bibliotheque numerique 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.

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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. Part IVA is osci,latorium recipe for finding the centre of oscillation for a suspended shape.

From constrained fall to the concept of potential”. For example, most of the intuitive ideas about centripetal forces are presented here in Part V. The book is divided into five parts, where the first part contains the descriptions of clock designs, while the rest of the book is devoted to the analysis of pendulum motion and a theory of curves. Retrieved 14 November Views Read Edit View history.


If you wish to send me a message, then click on horloogium name. The evolutes and lengths of curves. XVI, ppby M. Most of the first part is concerned with the making and testing of such clocks. 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 derived from conic sections and higher order curves.

One presumes that Horologjum made use of such tools in his derivation, which remain hidden. Part 1 describes the work on clocks carried out by Huygens, and his attempts at the determination of longitude at sea. Scientific, Historical, Philosophical, and Educational Perspectives. The tautochronous behaviour of the cycloid curve is used as a means of correcting the erratic behaviour of pendulums on ships.

It must be stressed that this present work is my own independent translation, in which I have gone through most of the relevant mathematics, and the Huygens scholar will of course be aware of Blackwell’s work as well hoologium French and German translation. Concerning the centre of oscillation. Archived from the original on The motion of a body falling along a cycloid. This page was last edited on 9 Octoberat

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