## Celestial Encounters: |

Starting with the story of Poincaré'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 In presenting the modern theory of dynamical systems, the models underlying much of modern science are described pictorially, using the geometrical language invented by Poincaré. More generally, the authors reflect on mathematical creativity and the roles that chance encounters, politics, and circumstance play in it. "[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." "This book, which should be required reading for every nonspecialist astronomer, may well be headed toward becoming a classic." "A particular strength of "A lively introduction to the fascinating story of celestial mechanics." "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." "A pleasant mix of things technical and things historical.... Written in a lively and informative way."
"An excellent book combining scientific integrity and popular appeal." Preface and Acknowledgments
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- Classical and Celestial Mechanics: The Recife Lectures. [Hardcover]
- Megadisasters: The Science of Predicting the Next Catastrophe. [Hardcover]
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