The Stability of Planetary Systems

Proceedings of the Alexander von Humboldt Colloquium on Celestial Mechanics, held at Ramsau, Styria, March 25–31, 1984

  • R. L. Duncombe
  • R. Dvorak
  • P. J. Message
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-4
  2. Preface

    1. R. L. D., R. D., P. J. M.
      Pages 5-6
  3. Introductory Address

  4. Astrometric Problems

    1. Raynor L. Duncombe, Paul D. Hemenway, Arthur L. Whipple
      Pages 19-36
    2. P. K. Seidelmann, G. H. Kaplan, K. J. Johnston, C. M. Wade
      Pages 39-48
  5. Qualitative Methods

    1. Victor Szebehely
      Pages 49-64
    2. Christian Marchal, Junzo Yoshida, Sun Yi-Sui
      Pages 65-93
    3. R. Gonczi, Ch. Froeschlé, Cl. Froeschlé
      Pages 117-124
    4. Victor Szebehely, Arthur L. Whipple
      Pages 125-133
  6. Planetary Motions

  7. Satellite Motions

  8. Cosmogony

  9. Periodic Orbits, Resonances, and Asteroid Motions

    1. John D. Hadjidemetriou
      Pages 379-393
    2. Carol A. Williams
      Pages 395-410
    3. R. Bien, J. Schubart
      Pages 425-434
    4. Bálint Érdi
      Pages 435-441
    5. S. Ferraz-Mello, W. Sessin
      Pages 453-457
    6. Boris Garfinkel
      Pages 459-463
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 465-470

About these proceedings


The Alexander von Humboldt Colloquium on Celestial Mechanics (sub­ titled "The Stability of Planetary Systems") was held in Ramsau, Styria, in the Austrian Alps, from March the 25th to the 31st, 1984. The dedication of the meeting to Alexander von Humboldt presented partici­ pants with the challenge that the discussions during the week should reflect the spirit of that great scientist of the last century, that the very many interesting ideas presented and developed during the sessions should be interpreted in the light of a broad v~ew of astron­ omy and astrophysics. The topics of the meeting ranged from astrometric questions relating to the specification of inertial reference systems, motion of planets (including minor planets) and satellites, with the recurring topic of the search for criteria of stability of the systems, resonances, periodic orbits, and to the origin of the systems. Each session began with one or more invited review papers, followed by offered contributions and discussion. Three evening discussions were held, devoted respectively to inertial systems, to numerical integration techniques, and to cosmogonic problems and ring systems. On the evening of Wednesday, March 28th, a recital of chamber mus~c was given by Bernhard Piberauer, on the violin, and Meinhard Prinz, on the piano.


Celestial mechanics Kosmos Libration Perihel asteroid astrophysics dynamics mechanics moon planet solar system stability universe

Editors and affiliations

  • R. L. Duncombe
    • 1
  • R. Dvorak
    • 2
  • P. J. Message
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Aerospace EngineeringUniversity of TexasAustinUSA
  2. 2.Institut für AstronomieUniversität WienWienÖsterreich
  3. 3.Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical PhysicsLiverpool UniversityEngland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8854-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-5331-4
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