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Huddes Specilla circularia (2018)


This article discusses Hudde’s Specilla circularia, published anonymously and without the name of the publisher in 1656. The only known printed copy was recently acquired by the Royal Library in The Hague. The treatise demonstrates by a mathematical calculation how spherical aberration in lenses can be corrected by means of a diaphragm. Thus, the work offered a theoretical justification for a practice that had already become common by trial and error. The work appears to have been eagerly read and studied by scholars in the second half of the seventeenth century, Spinoza and Leibniz among them, but in the end went into oblivion.

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Authors & Contributors
Zuidervaart, Huibert Jan
Cocquyt, Tiemen
Reeves, Eileen A.
Stroup, Alice
Bevilacqua, Fabio
Fregonese, Lucio
Studium: Tijdschrift voor Wetenschaps- en Universiteitgeschiedenis
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
British Journal for the History of Science
History of Science
Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Intellectual History Review
Università degli Studi
Princeton University Press
Princeton University
W. W. Norton & Co.
Scientific apparatus and instruments
Science and art
Natural philosophy
Correspondence and corresponding
Hudde, Johannes
Leeuwenhoek, Antoni van
Hartsoeker, Niklaas
Spinoza, Baruch
Vermeer, Johannes
Wiesel, Johann
Time Periods
17th century
18th century
16th century
19th century
Early modern
Delft (Netherlands)
Great Britain
Hague (Nethelands)
Académie des Sciences, Paris
Dollond and Aitchison (firm)

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