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Physicists Discover a Whopping 13 New Solutions to Three-Body Problem

sciencehabit (1205606) writes | about a year ago

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sciencehabit (1205606) writes "It's the sort of abstract puzzle that keeps a scientist awake at night: Can you predict how three objects will orbit each other in a repeating pattern? In the 300 years since this "three-body problem" was first recognized, just three families of solutions have been found. Now, two physicists have discovered 13 new families. It's quite a feat in mathematical physics, and it could conceivably help astrophysicists understand new planetary systems."
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Paper rock .... (1)

niftymitch (1625721) | about a year ago | (#43123953)

Is this a logical extension like Rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock is to Rock-paper-scissors?

Clearly something to ponder when I have less beer in my belly. Perhaps I will read the original article it sounds interesting.

Not until the 70s Aha .... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43123965)

Back in the 60s and very early 70s this was totally unknown. The only way to tinker with it was on an analog computer. OpAmps, resistors, inverters, a plug board and an O'scope.
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