Space uses of CHAOS Theory
Date: Around 1993
I have a question to anyone who knows what I am talking about.
What applications has the CHAOS theory been applied to? I am especially
interested in the space shuttle, satellites etc. If you know anything, please
leave a personal letter to elmo in Australia. Thanks.
Chaos theory has been applied in just about every field you can
think of, from aerospace engineering to zoology. My Ph.D. thesis focused on
the use of chaos theory to develop a reaction rate theory. Although, I do not
specifically know of any applications of chaos theory to the space shuttle, I
have heard of some work in nonrigid body dynamics which used ideas from the
chaos theory. Also, the originator of the field, Henri Poincare (a French
mathematical physicist who published several fundamental manuscripts on the
subject in the late 1800's) was interested in celestial mechanics, and a lot
of the work in chaos theory was originally motivated by this field. Hope you
have found this interesting, elmo! I recommend Gleick's book Chaos to all who
are interested in this subject.
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