A Million Steps by Kurt Koontz

By Kurt Koontz

Kurt Koontz idea he was once organized for his 490-mile jogging journey at the ancient Camino de Santiago pilgrimage direction in Spain.

He was once healthy and robust. He had a very good guidebook and all of the correct apparatus. His pilgrim passport might furnish him entry to the look after of hostels alongside the best way. yet all that, although valuable, didn't start to surround the grandeur of his exterior or inner experience.

A Million Steps climbs over the excessive meadows of the Pyrenees, quests during the unceasing wind of the Meseta, and dances within the rains of Galicia. whereas following the yellow arrows that mark the path, Koontz additionally navigates via his own background of dependancy, restoration, and love.

With outgoing humor and friendliness, he embraces the wonderful thing about the geographical region and cheerful connections to different pilgrims from world wide. half diary, half travelogue, 1000000 Steps is a trip inside a trip all of the solution to the Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela and past.

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Lin on “the density wave theory”, and by S. B. Pikelner on “magnetic approaches to spiral structure”. I presented also a gas dynamical version of the density wave theory that was developed by M. Fujimoto in Columbia University. I was familiar with this work since I had been in Columbia several times and had many discussions with Fujimoto and Prendergast. (The work of M. Fujimoto was published later (Fujimoto 1968)). Various attempts to explain the spiral arms as due to magnetic fields in galaxies had been made over the previous years.

At Yale, a most important event was the organization of a special Colloquium on modern dynamical problems (1962). We had among the participants, J. Moser, M. H´enon, A. Toomre, and others, most of them non-American. (Victor Szebehely made the remark that our American friends should feel embarrassed by being a minority). J¨ urgen Moser (Fig. 5) spoke about the KAM theorem. But when I asked him if he could give a practical application in a simple astronomical problem, like the Earth-Moon system, he refused even to make a guess.

I replied to him: “We went a-hunting with only one bullet and our single shot missed the game... Thus, for us, the fact that our 31 results were negative and we could not continue our exploration of other cases, was sad and not amusing”. Then Toomre wrote me: “I should have thanked you at once for your “a-hunting with only one bullet” letter of June 22 in which you objected, ever so politely to our use of the word “amusing”. Then he changed “amusing” into the less ambiguous “ironic” in his published paper (Toomre A.

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