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The Recently Recognized Failure of Predictability in Newtonian Dynamics [and Discussion]

James Lighthill, J. M. T. Thompson, A. K. Sen, A. G. M. Last, D. T. Tritton and P. Mathias
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series A, Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Vol. 407, No. 1832, Predictability in Science and Society (Sep. 8, 1986), pp. 35-50
Published by: Royal Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2397780
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The Recently Recognized Failure of Predictability in Newtonian Dynamics [and Discussion]
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Abstract

Modern theories of dynamical systems have very clearly demonstrated the unexpected fact that systems governed by the equations of Newtonian dynamics do not necessarily exhibit the 'predictability' property. Indeed, very recent researches have shown that in wide classes of very simple systems satisfying those equations predictability is impossible beyond a certain definite time horizon.

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