Codices Hugeniani Online

The University of Cambridge now has trial access to the Codices Hugeniani Online resource from the publisher Brill.

Access is via the following URL on and off campus.

http://ezproxy.lib.cam.ac.uk:2048/login?url=http://primarysources.brillonline.com/browse/codices-hugeniani

Access ends after 1 month on 14 February 2017.

Please send your feedback on this resource to the Whipple Library email: hpslib@hermes.cam.ac.uk.  Thank you.

Codices Hugeniani Online (COHU) offers the fully digitized archive of Christiaan Huygens (1629 – 1695), held at Leiden University Library. The archive includes notebooks and loose leafs with texts in the field of astronomy, mechanics, mathematics and music, as well as correspondence and annotated books.

Huygens was a prominent Dutch mathematician, astronomer and physicist. He published major studies on mechanics and optics, and a pioneer work on games of chance. He is famous for his discovery of the rings of Saturn and its moon Titan, and for inventing the pendulum clock.

Shortly before his death in 1695 Huygens bequeathed a large part of his scholarly papers to Leiden University Library. After 1800, the legacy was further enriched by manuscripts and letters from family property, amongst others a large number of letters from Huygens’ father Constantijn (1596 – 1687).

For over three centuries, many scholars have made the Codices Hugeniani the object of their research. The contents of the archive have been made partly accessible through the well-known Oeuvres complètes (a 19-volume 19th Century reference work). More recently, the Codices Hugeniani were described in detail by Dr. Joella Yoder in her Catalogue of the Manuscripts of Christiaan Huygens (Brill, 2013). With COHU the full archive’s contents are now easily accessible for the first time.

 

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