Algebraic K-Theory, Number Theory, Geometry and Analysis: by Bak A. (ed.)

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By the end of our own century it has only been shown true for a few systems and wrong for quite a few others. Early on, as a mathematical necessity, the proof of the hypothesis was broken down into two parts. First one would show that the mechanical system was ergodic (it would go near any point) and then one would show that it would go near each point equally often and regularly so that the computed averages made mathematical sense. Koopman took the first step in proving the ergodic hypothesis when he noticed that it was possible to reformulate it using the recently developed methods of Hilbert spaces.

Smale is also known for injecting Morse theory into mathematical economics, as well as recent explorations of various theories of computation. In 1998 he compiled a list of 18 problems in mathematics to be solved in the 21st century. This list was compiled in the spirit of Hilbert’s famous list of problems produced in 1900. In fact, Smale’s list includes some of the original Hilbert problems. Smale’s problems include the Jacobian conjecture and the Riemann hypothesis, both of which are still unsolved.

It is possible to demonstrate that if Hn+1 − Hn = hKS for n ≥ k + 1, k is the (minimum) order of the required Markov process [Khi57]. It has to be pointed out, however, that to know the order of the suitable Markov process we need is of no practical utility if k 1. Second Motivating Example: Pinball Game and Periodic Orbits Confronted with a potentially chaotic dynamical system, we analyze it through a sequence of three distinct stages: (i) diagnose, (ii) count, (iii) measure. First we determine the intrinsic dimension of the system – the minimum number of coordinates necessary to capture its essential dynamics.

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