Chaos and the quantum mechanical behaviour of classically chaotic systems have been
attracting increasing attention. Initially, there was perhaps more emphasis on the
theoretical side, but this is now being backed up by experimental work to an increasing
extent. The words 'Quantum Chaos' are often used these days, usually with an
undertone of unease, the reason being that, in contrast to classical chaos, quantum chaos
is ill defined; some authors say it is non-existent. So, why is it that an increasing
number of physicists are devoting their efforts to a subject so fuzzily defined?...
Anything you can do in classical physics, we can do better quantum physics. I head that remark in Boulder, Colorado, a few years ago when Dan Kleppners, a distinguished MT quantum physicist, was giving a lec-ture to a group of scientists on the subject of the quantum chaos.
The present book contains fifteen contributions on various topics related to
Number Theory, Physics and Geometry. It presents, together with a forthcoming
second volume, most of the courses and seminars delivered at the meeting
entitled “Frontiers in Number Theory, Physics and Geometry”, which took
place at the Centre de Physique des Houches in the french Alps March 9-21,