How would three stars orbit each other? This is an old problem in celestial mechanics called the three-body problem that turns out to be tremendously difficult. We have solutions for some very special cases. This gif illustrates a few of them.
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Join mathematicians Dana Ernst , Sara Del Valle , Vincent Knight , Luis Guzman and Robert Jacobson as they talk with Amy Robinson about their favorite math gifs and ideas and what it’s like to be a mathematician. How many numbers are there? Do mathematicians see the world differently? And why is the last panel of this xkcd comic funny? http://xkcd.com/804/
Dana Ernst is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ, USA.
Sara Del Valle is a mathematical epidemiologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, NM, USA.
Vincent Knight is a LANCS lecturer at the Cardiff University School of Mathematics in Operational Research in Cardiff, Wales, UK.
Luis Guzman is a graduate student in mathematics at the University of West Florida in FL, USA.
Robert Jacobson is Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Roger Williams University in RI, USA.
Hangout hosted by Science on Google+’s Amy Robinson