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Sale Price realised USD , Horologium oscillatorium sive de motu pendulorum ad horologia aptato demonstrationes geometricae. Paris: F. Muguet, Ornamental royal armorial woodcut device on title, one full-page woodcut of the pendulum, approximately woodcut diagrams in text, woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials, leaf a4 shorter. Contemporary calf rebacked ; quarter morocco folding case.
Provenance : Israel Lyons, Jr. P Kraus. The present copy measures nearly one centimeter taller than the size noted by Horblit for untrimmed copies of the standard issue. It is also on heavier stock, measuring 11mm thick, or 3 mm thicker than standard copies. Details of the watermarks can be provided by the department. The most extensive passage appears on page with the addition of 20 lines approximately words of text.
These lines were printed in the edition of his Opera reliqua edited by 's Gravesande with some slight variation; none of these appear in the edition of the Oeuvres. Another copy of the work annotated by Huygens is found in the Leiden University Library. That copy was used in preparation of the and editions. The present copy, however, is much more fully annotated than the Leiden copy and represents a significant discovery in Huygens' oeuvre. Huygens constructed the first pendulum clock in , an idea already put forth by Galileo, who had noted the isochronism of the pendulum its property of swinging in a constant time, regardless of the width of the swing.
The idea was a brilliant solution to the problems of keeping time aboard ship, since a reliable time-keeping device was essential for determining longitude, a problem of acute importance in 17th-century Holland, and Huygens' invention, described in the Horologium , was hugely successful--by pendulums were even applied to the tower clocks of Scheveningen and Utrecht.
In the Horologium Huygens broadened his mathematical analysis of the pendulum's movement from a central exposition of the isochronism of the cycloid a discovery which he had called "the most fortunate finding which ever befell me" [ DSB ] to a general mathematical discussion of the laws of motion. He focused on the properties of curves, including the theory of the evolutes of curves and the fall of bodies along curves, and determined the first exact value of the intensity of the force of gravity by using a compound pendulum.
The treatise "was the most original work of this kind since Galileo's Discorsi It ends with 13 theorems without proofs on the dynamics of circular motion. Newton in the Principia acknowledges Huygens's priority here, though Huygens's work had little influence on his own" PMM. Reciprocally, while acknowledging the importance of the Principia , Huygens later positioned himself in opposition to Newton, whose theories were irreconcilable with Huygens's adherence to a strictly mechanistic philosophy of the laws of nature.
His Horologium was nonetheless "a work of the highest genius which has influenced every science through its mastery of the principles of dynamics. The library of the novelist included a translation by a brilliant young mathematician that foresaw the age of computing. This is one of only three such historic newspapers confirmed to still exist — and it is the first time that one of them has ever been offered at auction. Five Old Master paintings, three reattributions and two rediscoveries — the stories of the fascinating detective work carried out by our specialists.
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This is an annotated translation of Huygens' Horologium Oscillatorium , taken 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. 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. For example, most of the intuitive ideas about centripetal forces are presented here in Part V.
“THE HOROLOGIUM OSCILLATORIUM OF CHRISTIAN HUYGENS”
Horologium Oscillatorium: sive de motu pendulorum ad horologia aptato demonstrationes geometricae Latin for "The Pendulum Clock: or geometrical demonstrations concerning the motion of pendula as applied to clocks"  is a book published by Christiaan Huygens in ; it is his major work on pendulums and horology. The book is divided into five parts. The first part of the book contains the descriptions of clock designs. The rest of the book is devoted to the analysis of pendulum motion and a theory of curves.