Gravitational N-Body Problem

Proceedings of the Iau Colloquium No. 10 Held in Cambridge, England August 12–15, 1970

  • Myron Lecar
Conference proceedings

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 31)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Collisional Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Analytic Treatments

      1. Ira H. Gilbert
        Pages 5-12
      2. Agris J. Kalnajs
        Pages 13-17
      3. George B. Rybicki
        Pages 22-26
    3. Numerical Experiments

  3. Collisionless Systems

  4. Numerical Experiments and Analytical Treatments in Plasma Physics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 313-313
    2. John M. Dawson
      Pages 315-336
    3. M. R. Feix, J. P. Doremus, G. Baumann
      Pages 347-364
  5. Summary of the Colloquium

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 365-365
    2. M. Lecar
      Pages 367-370
  6. Appendix: Methods of Computer Simulation of the Gravitational N-Body Problem

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 443-444

About these proceedings


This volume contains the proceedings of the third IAU conference on the Gravita­ tional N-Body Problem. The first IAU conference [IJ, six years ago, was motivated by the renaissance in Celestial Mechanics following the launching of artificial earth satellites, and was an attempt to bring to bear on the problems of Stellar Dynamics the sophisticated analytical techniques of Celestial Mechanics. That meeting was an outgrowth of the 'Summer Institutes in Celestial Mechanics' initiated by Dirk Brouwer. By the second IAU conference [2J, our interest had been captured by the attempts to simulate stellar systems on the computer. Computer simulation is now an essential part of stellar dynamics; journals of computational physics have started in the United Kingdom and in the United States and symposia on computer simulation of many-body problems have become a perennial event [3,4, 5]. Although our early hopes that the computer would 'solve' our problem have been tempered by experience, some techniques of computer simulation have now matured through five years of testing and use. A working description of the six most popular methods is appended to this volume. During the past three years, stellar dynamicists have followed closely the develop­ ments in the related field of Plasma Physics. The contexts of Plasma and Stellar Physics are deceptively similar; at first, results from Plasma Physics were bodily transferred to stellar systems by 'changing the sign of the coupling'. We are more sophisticated and more skeptical now.


Gravity degrees of freedom dynamics gravitation mechanics plasma physics stability star stars thermodynamics

Editors and affiliations

  • Myron Lecar
    • 1
  1. 1.Smithsonian Astrophysical ObservatoryHarvard College ObservatoryCambridgeUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1972
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-2872-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-2870-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0067-0057
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