History of Mathematics
Volume: 11; 1997; 272 pp; Softcover
MSC: Primary 01; Secondary 70
Print ISBN: 978-0-8218-0367-7
Product Code: HMATH/11
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Poincaré and the Three Body ProblemShare this page
June E Barrow-Green
A co-publication of the AMS and the London Mathematical Society
The idea of chaos figures prominently in mathematics today. It arose in the work of one of the greatest mathematicians of the late 19th century, Henri Poincaré, on a problem in celestial mechanics: the three body problem. This ancient problem—to describe the paths of three bodies in mutual gravitational interaction—is one of those which is simple to pose but impossible to solve precisely.
Poincaré's famous memoir on the three body problem arose from
his entry in the competition celebrating the 60th birthday of King
Oscar of Sweden and Norway. His essay won the prize and was set up in
print as a paper in
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Poincare and the Three Body Problem
Graduate students, mathematicians, astronomers, and physicists interested in an historical perspective of mathematics.
Delightful and interesting to read … will help professors … provide some very interesting (and needed) historical background to their lectures. Any serious student of mathematical history will enjoy this treatise.
-- Applied Mechanics Reviews
This is a superb piece of work and it throws new light on one of the most fundamental topics of mechanics … This book can be thoroughly recommended.
-- Mathematical Reviews
A fair treatment and a nice description of the history regarding Poincaré and the three body problem … of interest to many mathematicians, physicists and astronomers … a balanced and very readable book … recommend[ed] … to all mathematically trained people with an interest in the historical origins of chaos.
-- Nonlinear Science Today
An interesting insight into the late 19th-century mathematical community and an account of [Poincaré's] memoirs' reception and impact … clearly organized, well written, richly documented … a highly valuable contribution to the history of modern mathematics, adding value to the series in which it appeared.
-- Zentralblatt MATH
This book describes this history of the problem and of Poincaré's work, and it tells the fascinating story of (and behind) the Oscar Prize competition.
-- Monatshefte für Mathematik
In a work of impressive scholarship, the author takes us through the history of the \(n\)-body problem from Newton to the present.
-- American Mathematical Monthly