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A Magic Lantern

A History Of The Magic Lantern - Christiaan Huygens

Christiaan Huygens
Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695)

Christiaan Huygens, Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist was born in the Hague, Netherlands, into a wealthy and comfortable home. His father, a distinguished poet and well-known diplomat, was a friend of many respected European scholars. Rene Descartes was a frequent visitor and through his influence Huygens developed a firm belief that science could in principle explain all natural phenomena. He constructed the first high-resolution telescope, by perfecting a method of grinding lenses, he designed a special kind of pendulum, and used it to produce the first accurate clock and most famously of all he developed the mathematics to describe the wave nature of light and its propagation through space.Many researchers are coming to the conclusion that if there was one inventor of the Magic Lantern in a usable form then it is most probably Christiaan Huygens.

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