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Mathematical Treasure: Euler and the Two-body Problem

Author(s): 
Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)

In 1744, Leonhard Euler published Theoria motuum planetarum et cometarum (The theory of motion for planets and comets), in which he studied the “Two-body Problem” involving the sun’s effect on the motion on a planet. In referring to the universe, the frontispiece for this work bears the descriptive title “sapientissimi opus” (“the wisest or most brilliant work”).

Frontispiece from Theoria motuum planetarum et cometarum by Leonhard Euler, 1744

The image above is presented courtesy of the University of Oklahoma Library.

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Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Euler and the Two-body Problem," Convergence (September 2018)

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