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Galileo UnboundA Path Across Life, the Universe and Everything$
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David D. Nolte

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198805847

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198805847.001.0001

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Flight of the Swallows

Flight of the Swallows

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Flight of the Swallows
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Galileo Unbound
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David D. Nolte

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198805847.003.0001

The science of modern dynamics takes the simple idea of Galileo’s parabolic trajectory and generalizes it into abstract hyperspaces of multiple dimensions. This chapter introduces the new way that physicists and mathematicians visualize dynamical systems, taking a global view of complex behavior and finding that the laws of physics capture the orbits of planets around suns (and the paths of light around black holes) as easily as the evolution of new species or the rise and fall of economies. This new visualization uses phase space to capture the global behavior of complex systems. The path across life, the universe and so many hyperdimensional worlds is being captured by new disciplines within new sciences like chaos theory, entanglement, network science, econophysics and evolutionary dynamics.

Keywords:   trajectory, dynamical systems, complex systems, nonlinear dynamics, multiple dimensions, hyperspace, configuration space, state space, phase space, Aristotle

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