• fdrake
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    One fact is here taken for granted, and I wonder whether this is a necessary outcome in this setup, or whether this is an additional assumption: after some time the system ejects one body that flies off into the infinite distance, leaving behind a binary system. This is a dramatic transition in the system's dynamics, which helps understand the criterion of "irreversibility" that they use:SophistiCat

    :up: Good point.
  • jgill
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    "In mathematics, a dynamical system is time-reversible if the forward evolution is one-to-one" — jgill

    Well, your wiki reference gives rather more succinct definitions, though they may require some unpacking.
    SophistiCat

    I don't wish to belabor the point, and, to keep it elementary and overly simplistic, avoiding the unpacking, the example

    ,


    shows the difficulty in reversing steps in a dynamical system, an expansion, this one very well behaved. The paper in question is far more sophisticated and I can't argue in that advanced physics environment. Although it makes more sense to deal with system reversibility than pointwise reversibility.
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