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Static n-body problem

  1. Oct 14, 2008 #1
    What does it mean for an n-body problem to be static? I come from a mathematics background, so I don't know much about relativity, and I can't seem to find a clear, detailed definition of what a static n-body configuration is. If anyone can explain this to me, I would be very grateful. Thanks.
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  3. Oct 14, 2008 #2
    maybe that there's a superposition of repulsive and attractive fields?
  4. Oct 14, 2008 #3
    Most likely a "Static universe" (Einstein's first general relativistic cosmology, before modification by the cosmological constant) described at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Static_universe as "dynamically stable."

    It maintains in theory a gravitational balance between galaxies, stars, gas and other astronomical objects.
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