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In a paper entitled Phase locking and multiple oscillating attractors for the coupled mammalian clock and cell cycle, just published in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences), the researchers drew on an idea of clock synchronization first demonstrated in the 18th century when Dutch scientist Christian Huygens observed the synchronization of two pendulum clocks.
Meet eminent scientists such as Christian Huygens, who discovered Saturn's "thin, flat ring" and large moon--or discover more about influential female astronomers like Caroline Herschel, an accomplished late 18th-century British comet hunter and star mapper.
1655: Titan, Saturn''s largest moon, was discovered by Dutch astronomer Christian Huygens.
If there is a weakness in the book it is only that it leaves the reader wondering whether a similar story would emerge if lesser, second-rank mathematicians had been studied, or indeed, if equally gifted mathematicians had been chosen, but ones who did not share Descartes', Pascal's, or Leibniz's interest in metaphysics--men like Pierre de Fermat, Christian Huygens, or even Isaac Newton.
Anniversaries On This Day: 1675: Christian Huygens patented the pocket watch.
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