Order and Chaos in Astronomy

  • George Contopoulos
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 626)


We review the applications of order and chaos in various branches of astronomy. Order and chaos appear in generic dynamical systems, including the sun and other stars, the solar system and galaxies, up to the whole Universe. We discuss in particular the various types of orbits in galaxies, emphasizing the role of diffusion of chaotic orbits and the escapes to infinity. Then we consider chaos in dissipative systems, like gas in a galaxy, chaos in relativity and cosmology, and chaos in stellar pulsations and in the solar activity.


Black Hole Strange Attractor Dissipative System Chaotic Orbit Stable Periodic Orbit 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • George Contopoulos
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  1. 1.Research Center of AstronomyAcademy of AthensAthensGreece

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