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Chaos Regained: On the Possibility of a New Era of Orbital Dynamics

Wilhelm, Isaac (2016) Chaos Regained: On the Possibility of a New Era of Orbital Dynamics. [Preprint]

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Abstract

In this paper I explore how the nature, scope, and limits of the knowledge obtained in orbital dynamics—the science concerned with the motions of bodies in the solar system—has changed in recent years. Innovations in the design of spacecraft trajectories, as well as in astronomy, have led to a new hybrid of theory and experiment, and suggest that the kind of knowledge achieved in orbital dynamics today is dramatically different from the knowledge achieved prior to those innovations. Thus, orbital dynamics may have entered a new era.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Wilhelm, Isaacisaac.wilhelm@rutgers.edu
Keywords: Philosophy of Science, history of science, astronomy, orbital dynamics, Newton, Poincaré, spacecraft engineering
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Isaac Wilhelm
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2016 21:12
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2016 21:12
Item ID: 12208
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Date: 17 June 2016
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12208

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