Adventures in Order and Chaos: A Scientific Autobiography by George Contopoulos

By George Contopoulos

For a few years i used to be organizing a weekly seminar on dynamical astronomy, and that i used to make a few historic comments on each topic, together with a few anecdotes from my contacts with many best scientists through the years. I defined additionally the improvement of varied matters and the emergence of latest ideasindynamicalastronomy. Thenseveralpeoplepromptedmetowritedown those comments, which can't be present in papers, or books. therefore, i made a decision to put in writing this e-book, which includes my reviews through the years. i'm hoping that this ebook could be priceless to astronomy scholars around the globe. in the course of my a long time of educating, as a traveling professor, in American Universities (1962-1994, Yale, Harvard, MIT, Cornell, Chicago, Maryland and Florida) i used to be inspired by means of the standard of my graduate scholars. such a lot of them have been very vivid, asking penetrating questions, and getting ready their homework in an ideal manner. In a couple of instances, rather than a ?nal exam, I assigned to them a few small study tasks they usually awarded their effects on the finish of the path. They have been first-class in getting ready the correct slides and in offering their ends up in a concise and transparent method.

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Yes”, he said. I gave him back the manuscript, expecting a better one. 35 Figure 10. With M. H´enon at an excursion in Pella during the IAU Symposium No 25 (1964). That was my mistake. I never saw the manuscript again, nor did any one else. Prendergast was a genious but also known for his neglect in publishing papers. Unfortunately I did not know it at that time. ) (proportional to exp (2θ)). Someone asked what is the density and the author replied that it is found by Poisson’s equation. I pointed out to him that this gives a multivalued density, but the author replied that he could not offer a better answer.

In this case one has to consider the effect of many magnets on the motion of the particles and this 41 can be done only with computer algebra. Such work is absolutely necessary in studying and programming large accelerators. Lovelace (1978), and several other people, have applied a theory of integrals of motion to various machines used for plasma confinement (astron, tokamak, etc). The literature on this subject is so extensive that we cannot give even representative references here. This subject has important applications in controlled fusion.

S. Chandrasekhar and his wife, Lalitha, in their house in Chicago (1969). I will relate another story from a later visit to Chicago (1969). Chandra had moved to Chicago and lived close to the University. I was giving a series of lectures on density waves, and Chandra attended all of them. Then people asked me to give a seminar at the Yerkes Observatory. When Chandra heard that, he said: “I will drive you there”. I protested. “Chandra, I said, you know already the subject very well. I will only give a review there”.

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