Re: The NBody Problem
 From: TheMonk <mariusmyburg@xxxxxxxxx>
 Date: 2 May 2007 07:20:22 0700
On May 2, 3:34 pm, Bob Kolker <nowh...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
TheMonk wrote:
Hi,
I am currently reading John Gribbin's "Deep Simplicity" and in it he
seems to state that the NBody problem is unsolvable; that it is not
possible to find a solution to the Nbody problem (where N is 3 or
more). He writes that the Nbody problem is not a deterministic
system, and he even goes as far as mentioning that this might have
some implications for the notion of free will etc.
Not true. There are no closed form solutions to the general Nbody
problem for N > 2, but the motions can be worked out to arbitrary
precision using iterative methods. That is how we can fly interplanetary
probes with good accuracy.
Bob Kolker
Can you please explain 'closed form solutions'? I have only grade 12
mathematics and I am currently teaching myself what school should have
taught me.
.
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