principle of least action

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principle of least action

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(General Physics) the principle that motion between any two points in a conservative dynamical system is such that the action has a minimum value with respect to all paths between the points that correspond to the same energy. Also called: Maupertuis principle
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The first of pleasures, that which at the outset comprehends all the others, is set about with such perils that it is impossible not to reflect upon the least actions which it provokes, impossible not to calculate all its consequences.
I have had so many battles to fight since those heedless days, that they have left me no time to distil all the least actions of daily life, and to do everything so that it falls in with those rules of etiquette and good taste which wither the most generous emotions.
The sound of his voice was at once penetrating and melodious; and then, that which was inconceivable in Athos, who was always retiring, was that delicate knowledge of the world and of the usages of the most brilliant society-those manners of a high degree which appeared, as if unconsciously to himself, in his least actions.
In his view, the least action NYT should take is dismissing all correspondents and editors involved in producing and running such story.
The Lazy Universe: An Introduction to the Principle of Least Action" is a rare book on a rare topic: it is about 'action' and the Principle of Least Action.
In contrast, the general form of the least action principle by Maupertuis [23-25] accounts also for open paths, most notably for hyperbolic flyby trajectories that are asymmetric relative to the planet's rotation.
The officer told the woman her driving had been "perhaps the worst he had ever seen" and the least action he could take was a "discretionary disposal".
The report also revealed that the governments viewed as taking the least action in tackling slavery include North Korea, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea and Hong Kong.
The governments taking the least action were North Korea, Iran, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea and Hong Kong, the report said.
Being a fan of the trilogy, Mockingjay was our least favorite, as it had the least action in the series and there were a lot of extraneous details we could've lived without.
Brizard presents students, academics, and researchers with the second edition of his comprehensive introduction to Langrangian mechanics, the history of the Langrangian method, FermatEs Principle of Least Time, and the mathematical principles of several mathematical predecessors of HamiltonEs Principle of Least Action and the Euler-Lagrange equations of motion.
1) has at least one solution by the least action principle and the minimax methods (see [1-8]).