Mathematicians solve 60-year old-problem

23 marzo 2015

A 60-year old maths problem first put forward by Nobel laureate Enrico Fermi has finally been solved. In 1955, a team of physicists, computer scientists and mathematicians led by Fermi used a computer for the first time to try and solve a numerical experiment. The outcome of the experiment wasn’t what they were expecting, and the complexity of the problem underpinned the then new field of non-linear physics and paved the way for six decades of new thinking. Chaos theory, popularly referred to as the butterfly effect, is just one of the theories developed to try and solve the ‘Fermi-Pasta-Ulam’ problem.