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The computer BESK and an early attempt to simulate galactic dynamics

@article{Lindblad2015TheCB,
  title={The computer BESK and an early attempt to simulate galactic dynamics},
  author={Per Olof Lindblad},
  journal={arXiv: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics},
  year={2015}
}
  • P. Lindblad
  • Published 5 March 2015
  • Physics
  • arXiv: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics
The first N-body simulation of interacting galaxies, even producing spiral arms, was performed by Erik Holmberg in Lund (1941), not with a numerical computer, but by his arrangement of movable light-bulbs and photocells to measure the luminosity at each bulb and thereby estimate the gravitational force. A decade later, and with the arrival of the first programable computers, computations of galactic dynamics were performed, which were later transferred into a N-body simulation movie. I present…