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AuthorSiegel, Carl Ludwig. author
TitleLectures on Celestial Mechanics [electronic resource] : Reprint of the 1971 Edition / by Carl Ludwig Siegel, Jรผrgen K. Moser
ImprintBerlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 1971
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Descript XII, 290 p. online resource


The present book represents to a large extent the translation of the German "Vorlesungen รผber Himmelsmechanik" by C. L. Siegel. The demand for a new edition and for an English translation gave rise to the present volume which, however, goes beyond a mere translation. To take account of recent work in this field a number of sections have been added, especially in the third chapter which deals with the stability theory. Still, it has not been attempted to give a complete presentation of the subject, and the basic prganization of Siegel's original book has not been altered. The emphasis lies in the development of results and analytic methods which are based on the ideas of H. Poincare, G. D. Birkhoff, A. Liapunov and, as far as Chapter I is concerned, on the work of K. F. Sundman and C. L. Siegel. In recent years the measure-theoretical aspects of mechanics have been revitalized and have led to new results which will not be discussed here. In this connection we refer, in particular, to the interesting book by V. I. Arnold and A. Avez on "Problemes Ergodiques de la Mecanique Classique", which stresses the interaction of ergodic theory and mechanics. We list the points in which the present book differs from the German text. In the first chapter two sections on the tri pie collision in the threeยญ body problem have been added by C. L. Siegel


One. The Three-Body Problem -- ยง 1. Covariance of Lagrangian Derivatives -- ยง 2. Canonical Transformation -- ยง 3. The Hamilton-Jacobi Equation -- ยง 4. The Cauchy Existence Theorem -- ยง 5. The n-Body Problem -- ยง 6. Collision -- ยง 7. The Regularizing Transformation -- ยง 8. Application to the Three-Body Problem -- ยง 9. An Estimate of the Perimeter -- ยง 10. An Estimate of the Velocity -- ยง 11. Sundmanโ{128}{153}s Theorem -- ยง 12. Triple Collision -- ยง 13. Triple-Collision Orbits -- Two. Periodic Solutions -- ยง 14. The Solutions of Lagrange -- ยง 15. Eigenvalues -- ยง16. An Existence Theorem -- ยง 17. The Convergence Proof, -- ยง18. An Application to the Solutions of Lagrange -- ยง 19. Hillโ{128}{153}s Problem -- ยง 20. A Generalization of Hillโ{128}{153}s Problem -- ยง 21. The Continuation Method -- ยง 22. The Fixed-Point Method.. - -- ยง 23. Area-Preserving Analytic Transformations -- ยง 24. The Birkhoff Fixed-Point Theorem -- Three. Stability -- ยง 25. The Function-Theoretic Center Problem -- ยง 26. The Convergence Proof -- ยง 27. The Poincarรฉ Center Problem -- ยง 28. The Theorem of Liapunov -- ยง 29. The Theorem of Dirichlet -- ยง 30. The Normal Form for Hamiltonian Systems -- ยง31. Area-Preserving Transformations -- ยง 32. Existence of Invariant Curves -- ยง 33. Proof of the Lemma -- ยง 34. Application to the Stability Problem -- ยง 35. Stability of Equilibrium Solutions -- ยง 36. Quasi-Periodic Motion and Systems of Several Degrees of Freedom -- ยง 37. The Recurrence Theorem

Mathematics Partial differential equations Gravitation Observations Astronomical Astronomy -- Observations Mathematics Partial Differential Equations Astronomy Observations and Techniques Classical and Quantum Gravitation Relativity Theory


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