Prigogine's Three Bodies Colliding
3 bodies colliging
These diagrams represent mathematical portraits of three hard bodies colliding, according to Ilya Prigogine’s extended formalism of quantum mechanics. Classical physics cannot predict the behavior of three bodies interacting. In the Prigogine quantum mechanical portrait, only the probability of a certain relative speed between bodies can be predicted. The colors in the plot represent the probability of measuring a certain value of relative speed. Priogine’s formalism is unique in producing the horizontal bar of probability plots, which appears in the “during“ model.

Source: ©Matthew Trump, courtesy of the Ilya Prigogine Center for Studies in Statistical Mechanics and Complex Systems, University of Texas at Austin

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