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By George Contopoulos

The box of Order and Chaos had a impressive enlargement within the final 50 years. the most cause was once using desktops, and the improvement of latest theoretical tools that we name now 'the thought of chaos'. the writer describes this attention-grabbing interval in a peaceful and infrequently funny autobiographical means. He relates his interactions with many folks in dynamical astronomy and he prices numerous anecdotes from those interactions. He refers additionally to his reports whilst he served in numerous overseas positions, equivalent to common secretary of the IAU and chairman of the magazine Astronomy and Astrophysics. lately the idea of chaos has been prolonged to new parts, like relativity, cosmology and quantum mechanics and it maintains increasing in just about all branches of physics. The publication describes many very important rules during this box in an easy method. It refers additionally to difficulties of extra common curiosity, like writing papers and giving lectures and the interplay of authors and referees. eventually it offers a few precious customers for the way forward for dynamical astronomy and similar fields.

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I was alone. ” I had no idea about alpinist clubs at that time. After the Hamburg General Assembly I had my marriage in Athens. Then we went on a honeymoon in Germany (Munich and Garmisch) and Austria (Innsbruck). We arrived in Munich during the Octoberfest holiday. We went to a large beer hall dressed in Bavarian costumes, trying to be inconspicuous. But the people sitting next to us greeted us smiling and said: “Welcome. ” We could not avoid being conspicuous as foreigners and newlywed. Then we went mountaineering near Innsburck and we had a very nice time in the Austrian Alps.

I learned then a lesson. You cannot trust always the referee and the supervisor. You have to use your own judgement also. 8. CHANDRASEKHAR I left Yale around Christmas 1962 for Chicago, and I arrived at Yerkes Observatory the 1st of January of 1963. What I saw surprised me. When I first visited Yerkes during the summer of 1961, it was a beautiful garden. A deep forest surrounded the Observatory and there were flowers everywhere. Not far away was Lake Geneva, full of boats, people swimming, and music.

He said that he could not see a clear connection. But a few years later it was proven (Zakharov and Fadeev 1971) that the Korteweg-de Vries equation represents a completely integrable system of infinite degrees of freedom, with infinite integrals like the third integral. In fact the KdV equation is the limit of the Fermi-Pasta-Ulam lattice when the number N of bodies tends to infinity (Cercignani 1977). What is most interesting is that perturbed “integrable PDEs” have solutions that are soliton-like, although not exactly solitons.

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