- Chris·tian [kris-chuh n; Dutch kris-tee-ahn] /ˈkrɪs tʃən; Dutch ˈkrɪs tiˌɑn/, 1629–95, Dutch mathematician, physicist, and astronomer.
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Descartes suggested a method which Huygens put into practice.
To Huygens Newton was indebted for the laws of centrifugal force.An Introduction to the History of Science
But this doubt became a certainty only through the labours of Huygens.Everyday Objects
W. H. Davenport Adams
It is something in its favour to say that the enquiry has had the attention of Newton and of Huygens.Scientific Studies
Mr. Huygens and Mr. Riley made their appearance after some time.Travels Through North America, v. 1-2
Berhard Saxe-Weimar Eisenach
- Christiaan (ˈkristiːˌaːn). 1629–95, Dutch physicist: first formulated the wave theory of light
- Dutch physicist and astronomer who in 1655 discovered Saturn's rings and its fourth satellite, using a telescope he constructed with his brother. In 1657 he built the first pendulum clock. Huygens also proposed that light consists of transverse waves that vibrate up and down perpendicular to the direction in which the light travels. This theory, which explained some properties of light better than Newton's theory, was made public in 1690.