N-body problem 05/22/16
Earlier, we have discussed the effects of universal gravitational and how in a classical Newtonian framework a gravitational force acts upon all masses equal to FG=GM1*M2r2. Now, this makes calculations for two isolated interacting objects very simple, but what about more complex systems such as three or more astral objects? The attempt to discern a general equation for such a complexity is known as the N-body problem. Physicists have been trying to solve this conundrum ever since Sir Isaac Newton published the Principia Mathematica. Supposedly, the equations are even more difficult to solve when one factors in Einstein’s theory of relativity!