The Huygens family, Hofwijck and optics: a review of some developments in the history of the telescope and microscope

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In this presentation, the contributions to the development and circulation of optical knowledge by the Dutch poet, scholar, composer and diplomat Constantijn Huygens the elder and his three sons Constantijn the younger, Christiaan and Philips are summarized and discussed.
Period09 Oct 2015
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  • Optics
  • 17th century
  • Huygens