Henri Poincare, memoir on the three-body problem (1890)

Barrow-Green, June (2005). Henri Poincare, memoir on the three-body problem (1890). In: Grattan-Guinness, I. ed. Landmark Writings in Western Mathematics 1640-1940. Amsterdam: Elsevier, pp. 627–638.

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Drawing on his work on the qualitative theory of differential equations, in this memoir Poincaré developed a theory of periodic solutions that opened up an entirely new way of thinking about dynamical problems. It is famous both for containing the first description of mathematical chaos and for providing the basis for his acclaimed Les méthodes nouvelles de la mécanique céleste.

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