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Fokker-Planck equation




A formula that, by making some simplifying assumptions to sidestep the many-body problem, enables the general evolution of the orbits of stars in globular clusters or in galaxies to be worked out. It is named after the Dutch physicist Adriaan Fokker (1887–1972) and the German physicist Max Planck (1858–1947).


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