Huygens’ Traité de la lumière and Newton’s opticks: pursuing and eschewing hypotheses

  title={Huygens’ Trait{\'e} de la lumi{\`e}re and Newton’s opticks: pursuing and eschewing hypotheses},
  author={A. Eugene Shapiro},
  journal={Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London},
  pages={223 - 247}
  • A. Shapiro
  • Published 1 July 1989
  • Education
  • Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London
Writing in December 1688 to his brother Constantyn, who had only recently arrived in England with the court of William III, Christiaan Huygens expressed a wish to be in England, ‘ only to make the acquaintance of Mr. Newton whom I exceedingly admire for the beautiful inventions that I found in the work [the Principia] that he sent m e’ (1). Less than six months later, on 12 June 1689,.the two met in London for the first time at a meeting of the Royal Society which has by now passed into legend… 

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