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Physicists Discover 13 New Solutions To Three-Body Problem 127

sciencehabit writes "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 'three-body 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 paper is available at arxiv.
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Physicists Discover 13 New Solutions To Three-Body Problem

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  • by SomeKDEUser ( 1243392 ) on Saturday March 09, 2013 @05:50PM (#43127719)

    You misunderstand the laws of thermodynamics. They apply also at the quantum level, and deal mostly about the energy cost of transferring a bit of information. The trick being that the bit may or may not decay with some probability which depends on how much energy you put into preserving it. Where a "bit" is for example the excitation level of an electron.

    The universe is truly nondeterministic. It really is a hugely complicated probability density function :)

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