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By George Contopoulos

ISBN-10: 1402030398

ISBN-13: 9781402030390

ISBN-10: 1402030401

ISBN-13: 9781402030406

The box of Order and Chaos had a striking enlargement within the final 50 years. the most cause was once using desktops, and the advance of recent theoretical equipment that we name now 'the idea of chaos'. the writer describes this attention-grabbing interval in a calm and infrequently funny autobiographical approach. He relates his interactions with many folks in dynamical astronomy and he prices numerous anecdotes from those interactions. He refers additionally to his reports while he served in a number of foreign positions, reminiscent of basic secretary of the IAU and chairman of the magazine Astronomy and Astrophysics. lately the idea of chaos has been prolonged to new parts, like relativity, cosmology and quantum mechanics and it maintains increasing in just about all branches of physics. The booklet describes many vital rules during this box in an easy method. It refers additionally to difficulties of extra basic curiosity, like writing papers and giving lectures and the interplay of authors and referees. ultimately it supplies a few helpful clients for the way forward for dynamical astronomy and comparable fields.

George Contopoulos, PhD U.Athens1953; Professor of Astronomy U.Thessaloniki 1957-75; U.Athens 1975-96; Emeritus 1996-; Member, Academy of Athens 1997-. traveling Professor Yale U., Harvard U., MIT, Cornell U., U.Chicago, U.Maryland, U. Florida, Florida country U., U. Milan; Res. affiliate, Yerkes Obs., Inst.Adv.Study Princeton, Inst.Space reviews, Goddard Flight middle, Columbia U., ESO. writer or Editor of 15 books, and approximately 250 papers on Galactic Dynamics, Relativity and Celestial Mechanics. Positions held: Gen.Secretary of the IAU; Director basic Nat.Obs.of Greece, Pres.Hellenic Astron.Soc.; Nat.Representative of Greece in NATO, and so on. differences: Amer. Astron.Soc. Brouwer Prize; U.Chicago, Honorary Doctor's measure; IAU, Pres. fee 33 (Galaxy); Member Academia Europaea; affiliate Royal Astron. Soc.; Chairman of the ecu magazine "Astronomy and Astrophysics"; Assoc. Editor of "Cel. Mech. Dyn. Astron."; Over 4500 citations and three hundred acknowledgements.

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Fortunately, I was not persecuted seriously by the Junta. But other colleagues of mine were arrested, or exiled, and on one occasion many people lost their jobs. When this happened I proposed to my colleagues to give our resignations to our Rector, so that he should try to convince to ministry to retract its decision to fire our colleagues.

He asked. “About 5 o’clock” I said. He looked embarrassed. “I am sorry but I cannot come” he said “because at that time I am getting married”. I offered him my best wishes and I added: “How is it possible to say that you are sorry, if you are getting married”? m. I was in my office at the Institute working. Some time later I heard someone typing in the next office. I could not believe it. I went to the next office and I saw 32 ADVENTURES IN ORDER AND CHAOS Angelo typing. I was greatly surprised.

There are many nice stories about Chandrasekhar. A phoney article of Chandrasekhar, that represented in a funny way his way of writing, was circulating among his students, and was finally published in the journal “Quarterly Journal of the Royal Society” (Candlestickmaker 1972). Once we were discussing with him Nobel prizes and he told me the story of Yang and Lee, who discovered the parity nonconservation in elementary particles. Both were Chandra’s students. He had a class once a week in Chicago with only these two students, and he was driving all the way from Yerkes for them (2 hours drive, and 2 more hours to return).

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