Baez Week 234

Week 234 of John Baez’ This Week in Mathematical Physics is up. Most of this week’s edition is about the relationship of mathematics and music, but he does touch on a topic we’ve discussed before: weird orbits in classical mechanics. Cris Moore and Michael Nauenberg have found many new and strange solutions to the n-body problem and have provided movies (animated GIFs). The most amazing one is 21 bodies all moving along the same figure eight orbit.

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