'Treatise on light: In which are explained the causes of that which occurs in reflection, & in refraction and particularly in the strange refraction of Iceland crystal'
By Christiaan Huygens (Author)
Christiaan Huygens, (14 April 1629 – 8 July 1695) was a prominent Dutch mathematician and scientist. He is known particularly as an astronomer, physicist, probabilist and horologist. Huygens was a leading scientist of his time. His work included early telescopic studies of the rings of Saturn and the discovery of its moon Titan, the invention of the pendulum clock and other investigations in timekeeping. He published major studies of mechanics and optics, and a pioneer work on games of chance. Huygens is remembered especially for his wave theory of light, which he first communicated in 1678 to the Paris Académie des sciences. It was published in 1690 in his Traité de la lumière (Treatise on light). He refers to Ignace-Gaston Pardies, whose manuscript on optics helped him on his wave theory.