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Any history of science publishing in the Netherlands of the mid-twentieth century must necessarily do so. Around 1900 the cultural elites had been successful in the visual arts, literature, philosophy, psychology, historiography, and especially the natural sciences, but after the First World War, which had largely passed the country by, this inspiration seemed to have deserted it. For Christian Huygens we must go back even further, to the years 1650-1700, when he played a key role, together with Jan Swammerdam and Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, in the scientific revolution that led to our current rational interpretation of nature. With Huygens we think immediately of his invention of the pendulum clock or his discovery of Saturn's rings, but more importantly, because of its fundamental nature, of his correct expression of the laws of collision and centrifugal force in 1656 and 1659.

Keywords: Huygens; Lorentz; science publishing



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