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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.



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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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