- Jack Wisdom
Jack Wisdom is a Professor of
Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D from Caltechin 1981. His research interests are the dynamics of the Solar System.
dissertationdemonstrated for the first time the theoretical reason for the clearing of the Kirkwood gapsin the asteroid belt.cite journal
author= Jack Wisdom
title= "The origin of the Kirkwood gaps - A mapping for asteroidal motion near the 3/1 commensurability"
doi= 10.1086/113132] cite journal
author= Jack Wisdom
title= "Chaotic behavior and the origin of the 3/1 Kirkwood gap"
doi= 10.1016/0019-1035(83)90127-6] [http://dda.harvard.edu/brouwer_award/brouw2001.html 2001 Brouwer Award Citation] , AAS DDA] His work has also brought to light the chaotic rotation of Hyperioncite journal
author= Jack Wisdom, S.J. Peale, and F. Mignard
title= "The chaotic rotation of Hyperion"
doi= 10.1016/0019-1035(84)90032-0] and chaos in the orbital evolution of
author= Gerald Sussman and Jack Wisdom
title= "Numerical evidence that the motion of Pluto is chaotic"
Wisdom is credited with developing "numerous analytical and numerical techniques" that are fundamental to modern
celestial mechanics, most notably the symplectic map for the n-body problem(developed together with Matthew J. Holman),cite journal
author= Jack Wisdom and Matthew Holman
title= "Symplectic maps for the n-body problem"
doi= 10.1086/115978] which "now forms the core of nearly every solar system dynamics integration scheme in use today."
Jack Wisdom is co-author of
Structure and Interpretation of Classical Mechanics. His 2003 paper in "Science"cite journal | author=Wisdom, Jack |title = Swimming in spacetime: motion by cyclic changes in body shape| journal=Science| volume=299| year=2003| pages=1865–1869| doi=10.1126/science.1081406 |pmid = 12610230] on a new geometric phaseeffect which Wisdom calls "spacetime swimming" has attracted considerable attention, although it is not yet clear whether this effect has practical utility or even can be used to devise new tests of relativistic gravitation theories.
H. C. Urey Prizeof the American Astronomical Society(1986)
Helen B. Warner Prize for Astronomyof the AAS (1987)
MacArthur Fellowshipfrom the MacArthur Foundation(1994)
*Brouwer Award of the
Division on Dynamical Astronomyof the American Astronomical Society(2002)
* [http://swiss.csail.mit.edu/users/wisdom/ Wisdom's academic home page]
* [http://www.astro.cf.ac.uk/~spxcv/science.html Spacetime swimming] from Chris Van Den Broeck (Astronomy,
University of Wales)
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