Hugh Aldersey-Williams
Writer and Curator, Norfolk

Hugh Aldersey-Williams is a writer and curator. He studied natural sciences at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of several books, the latest of which is Dutch Light: Christiaan Huygens and the Making of Science in Europe (2020). He lives in Norfolk.

Written by Hugh Aldersey-Williams

Saturn’s rings were discovered by Christiaan Huygens in 1659. This image was taken by the Cassini-Huygens mission in 2016 and shows the entire north pole bathed in the continuous sunlight of summer. Photo Courtesy NASA/JPL

Essay/
History of science
Huygens, senior and junior

How a father’s mere curiosity about nature evolved during the Dutch Golden Age into the son’s focused scientific enquiry

Hugh Aldersey-Williams