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Physicists Discover a Whopping 13 New Solutions to ThreeBody Problem
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Mar 12, 2013 11:17 AM


Physicists Discover a Whopping 13 New Solutions to ThreeBody Problem > http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2013/03/physicistsdiscoverawhopping.html?ref=hp
> 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 "threebody 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. > > The trove of new solutions has researchers jazzed. "I love these > things," says Robert Vanderbei a mathematician at Princeton > University who was not involved in the work. He says he, in fact, > spent all night thinking about the work.



