I will trace over my trajectory in mathematics and physics from gauge

theory to the N-body problem by way of the Falling Cat.

My first papers were on the motion of an allegedly classical particle

moving in a Yang-Mills field. While at MIT Jair Koiller showed me the

work of Alfred Shapere and Frank Wilczeck

which induced me to understand the problem faced by a falling cat as a

problem in gauge theory.

This led to problems in re-orienting robots and control theory which

led me to subRiemannian geometry and trying to understand what ended

up being a false `theorem' regarding subRiemannian minimizers.

I kept up on the cat, simplifying it until the cat became three mass

points and found myself working on the three-body problem. This last

has dominated my work these last 20 years.

I will state a few theorems that arose along the way.

When? | 11.10.2022 17:15 |
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Where? | PER 08 auditoire 2.52 Chemin du Musée 3 1700 Fribourg |

speaker | Prof. Richard Montgomery (University of California, Santa Cruz) |

Contact | Département de mathématiques isabella.schmutz@unifr.ch |