# “I’ve never heard this story before, but it was Poincare that worked out the fact that the solutions to the three body problem are chaotic”

*“I’ve never heard this story before, but it was Poincare that worked out the fact that the solutions to the three body problem are chaotic.”*

It’s like a graveyard out there, where I can see the remains of—

And in all honestly the laughter is bottled inside old poetry

Where I was asked why the bottles were coke but that was

“seven years before there was question of the Problem of Three Bodies”

Which physicists keep solving despite the lack of solutions and

“who originally published it online as a novel-length fanfiction story”

“Before looking at the three-body problem, let's start of with something simpler—the two-body problem.”

“Suppose I have two objects (two stars would work) that are both moving and both interacting with each other.”

And those two stars are pacing themselves as they travel

And those two stars are maybe just stand-ins for a better word

Because we create and destroy as though we were small gods

Throwing temper tantrums because we can’t make our lovers read us to sleep

“The goal is to find an expression for the position of both objects”

Whether they are conveying in-perceptual shifts on a firm mattress

Or the quick paced strides across a sidewalk where

“there is only the gravitational force pulling towards the center of mass”

Wherein mass can be defined as history

I found a person who, due to a series of—

“has not been able to complete the film”

But when I asked for an explanation

My phone changed it to “can you explain the three boys problem to me?”

Even though every example says its the sun the moon and the earth

“Moreover, the motion of three bodies is generally non-repeating, except in special cases”

“You can't solve this completely like you can for the two-body problem”

Or at least not in the same ways, instead

“the problem is broken into small time steps”

Each one accumulating degrees of freedom, which

Might otherwise be called error or all the squishy bits

Because I love those bits when I can grab at them

“However, despite their beauty, it happens that these solutions converge very slowly”

CITATIONS:

Jon Cartwright (8 March 2013). "Physicists Discover a Whopping 13 New Solutions to Three-Body Problem". Science Now. Retrieved 2013-04-04.

Jean le Rond d'Alembert, in a paper of 1761 reviewing the mathematical history of the problem, mentions that Euler had given a method for integrating a certain differential equation "in 1740 (seven years before there was question of the Problem of Three Bodies)": see d'Alembert, "Opuscules Mathématiques", vol. 2, Paris 1761, Quatorzième Mémoire ("Réflexions sur le Problème des trois Corps, avec de Nouvelles Tables de la Lune ...") pp. 329–312, at sec. VI, p. 245.

https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/19/17990984/redemption-of-time-baoshu-cixin-liu-three-body-problem-science-fiction-book-cover-reveal

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three-Body_Problem_(film)

https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/130546/story-about-a-mathematician-a-dinner-party-and-the-three-body-problem

https://www.wired.com/2016/06/way-solve-three-body-problem/

https://www.quora.com/Why-has-the-three-body-problem-not-been-solved-What-are-the-technical-obstacles-in-solving-the-three-body-problem-Are-these-difficulties-theoretical-or-not