Gravitational N-Body Simulations

Tools and Algorithms


This book discusses in detail all the relevant numerical methods for the classical N-body problem. It demonstrates how to develop clear and elegant algorithms for models of gravitational systems, and explains the fundamental mathematical tools needed to describe the dynamics of a large number of mutually attractive particles. Particular attention is given to the techniques needed to model astrophysical phenomena such as close encounters and the dynamics of black hole binaries. The author reviews relevant work in the field and covers applications to the problems of planetary formation and star cluster dynamics, both of Pleiades type and globular clusters. Self-contained and pedagogical, this book is suitable for graduate students and researchers in theoretical physics, astronomy and cosmology.
  • Cambridge University Press; October 2003
  • ISBN 9780511059117
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  • Title: Gravitational N-Body Simulations
  • Author: Sverre J. Aarseth
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

In The Press

Review of the hardback: 'Sverre's dogma of numerical accuracy combined with detailed testing and a deep understanding of the basic algorithmic form runs throughout this book. … as a list of what you need to think about to perform direct N-Body simulations well, this book is excellent.' Contemporary Physics