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    DescriptionCelestial Encounters is for anyone who has ever wondered about the foundations of chaos. In 1888, the 34-year-old Henri Poincar submitted a paper that was to change the course of science, but not before it underwent significant changes itself. "The Three-Body Problem and the Equations of Dynamics" won a prize sponsored by King Oscar II of Sweden and Norway and the journal Acta Mathematica, but after accepting the prize, Poincar found a serious mistake in his work. While correcting it, he discovered the phenomenon of chaos. Starting with the story of Poincar's work, Florin Diacu and Philip Holmes trace the history of attempts to solve the problems of celestial mechanics first posed in Isaac Newton's Principia in 1686. In describing how mathematical rigor was brought to bear on one of our oldest fascinations--the motions of the heavens--they introduce the people whose ideas led to the flourishing field now called nonlinear dynamics. In presenting the modern theory of dynamical systems, the models underlying much of modern science are described pictorially, using the geometrical language invented by Poincar. More generally, the authors reflect on mathematical creativity and the roles that chance encounters, politics, and circumstance play in it.


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    Title
    Celestial Encounters
    Subtitle
    The Origins of Chaos and Stability
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Florin Diacu, By (author) Philip Holmes
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 10 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780691005454
    ISBN 10: 0691005451
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.6
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16480
    BISAC V2.8: SCI005000
    BIC subject category V2: PBWS
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BIC subject category V2: PGC
    BISAC V2.8: SCI012000, MAT003000, SCI004000
    B&T Approval Code: A50720000
    BISAC V2.8: SCI064000
    DC21: 520.1
    DC22: 521
    B&T Approval Code: A52301500
    Thema V1.0: PBW, PBWS, PGC
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    1, black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Princeton University Press
    Imprint name
    Princeton University Press
    Publication date
    28 March 1999
    Publication City/Country
    New Jersey
    Review quote
    One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 1997 "[S]tories about the history of celestial mechanics are the subject of this delightful book. The authors interweave numerous anecdotes about the personalities involved in the discoveries with technical details of the mathematical ideas themselves... a pleasant mix of things technical and things historical... written in a lively and informative way."--Robert L. Devaney, Science "This book, which should be required reading for every nonspecialist astronomer, may well be headed toward becoming a classic."--Choice "A particular strength of Celestial Encounters is the impression, conveyed with a deft touch, that mathematics is an international and collective effort made by real people for real reasons in the real world. All the players in the drama, alive or dead, come over as human beings who happen to have a passion for mathematics and an ability to fulfill that passion. This feature alone justifies buying the book."--Ian Stewart, New Scientist "A lively introduction to the fascinating story of celestial mechanics."--Jacques Laskar, Nature "Throughout the book one finds a vital quality that derives from the authors' real success in presenting mathematics as a human endeavor... A valuable and accessible contribution to the chaos literature."--June Barrow-Green, Isis "A pleasant mix of things technical and things historical... Written in a lively and informative way."--Robert Devaney, Science
    Back cover copy
    "An excellent book combining scientific integrity and popular appeal."--Steve Smale, City University of Hong Kong
    Table of contents
    Preface and Acknowledgments A Note to the Reader 1. A Great Discovery - And a Mistake 2. Symbolic Dynamics 3. Collisions and Other Singularities 4. Stability 5. KAM Theory Notes Bibliography Index