1678 in science

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The year 1678 in science and technology involved some significant events.

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  • Edmund Halley publishes a catalogue of 341 southern stars—the first systematic southern sky survey.

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  • Christiaan Huygens publishes his Traité de la Lumière/Treatise on Light, which states his principle of wavefront sources.
  • Robert Hooke discovers the fundamental law of elasticity when he finds that the stress (force) exerted is proportional to the strain (elongation) produced.

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