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An Introduction to the Classical Three-Body Problem

Authors
  • Krishnaswami, Govind S1
  • Senapati, Himalaya1
  • 1 SIPCOT IT Park, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Siruseri, 603 103, India , Siruseri (India)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Resonance
Publisher
Springer India
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2019
Volume
24
Issue
1
Pages
87–114
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s12045-019-0760-1
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

The classical three-body problem arose in an attempt to understand the effect of the Sun on the Moon’s Keplerian orbit around the Earth. It has attracted the attention of some of the best physicists and mathematicians and led to the discovery of ‘chaos’. We survey the three-body problem in its historical context and use it to introduce several ideas and techniques that have been developed to understand classical mechanical systems.

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