Unformatted text preview: and sizes of bodies. In 1660s Huygens found ‘centrifugal force’ law : a body of mass m moving in a circle of radius R at speed v ‘seeks to flee the center’ with force F = m v 2 /R. By applying this law to a conical pendulum , Huygens found a simple and accurate way to measure the acceleration of gravity , simply by measuring the length of the string and the time of the swing. Although Huygens shared Descartes’s belief in the mechanical philosophy, he followed Galileo in formulating experimentally-based mathematical laws that skipped over the details of any underlying mechanism....
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- Scientific Revolution, Christiaan Huygens, Pendulum clock, physicist Christiaan Huygens