An Introduction to the Classical Three-Body Problem: From Periodic Solutions to Instabilities and Chaos
Govind S Krishnaswami Himalaya Senapati
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The classical three-body problem arose in an attempt to understandthe effect of the Sun on the Moon’s Keplerian orbitaround the Earth. It has attracted the attention of some of thebest physicists and mathematicians and led to the discoveryof ‘chaos’. We survey the three-body problem in its historicalcontext and use it to introduce several ideas and techniquesthat have been developed to understand classical mechanicalsystems.
Govind S Krishnaswami1 Himalaya Senapati1
Volume 28 | Issue 5