Aberdeen Academic honoured for chaos research

Aberdeen Academic honoured for chaos research

An Aberdeen academic has been honoured by a prestigious American scientific society for his work in the area of Physics.

Research paper Controlling Chaos

co-authored by Professor Celso Grebogi, Sixth Century Chair in Nonlinear and

Complex Systems at the University

of Aberdeen, has been

selected by the American Physical Society as one of the milestone pieces of research

from the last 50 years.

Professor Grebogi appears alongside

numerous Nobel Prize winners in the list of research papers which has been created by the society

to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of its publication Physical Review Letters.

The list recognises papers that

have made long-lived contributions to physics, either by announcing significant

discoveries, or by initiating new areas of research.

Professor Grebogi co-authored the

paper, which challenged the long standing scientific belief that chaos was

uncontrollable, with Professor Edward Ott and Professor James A.Yorke from the

University of Maryland.

Professor Grebogi said: "To have

our paper chosen by the American Physical Society as a milestone in the last

fifty years is a great honour, especially because more than a third of the

papers in the list have led to Nobel Prizes to their authors.

"Our work opened up a whole new

area of research, changing philosophically our way of thinking about chaos.

Previously to our work, it was strongly believed by scientists that chaos was

intrinsically uncontrollable. We showed in this paper that chaos not only can

be controlled and manipulated but that chaos gives a great inherent flexibility

in choosing a large number of controllable states by applying tiny

perturbations to the system under consideration."

The full list of papers chosen by

the American Physical Society's as milestones can be viewed at http://prl.aps.org/50years/milestones 

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