The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ 08540
Work in progress towards realization of a laboratory for gravitational scattering is summarized, by concentrating on the three levels of software needed to build such a laboratory. First, one needs a program which computes the actual particle orbits (the accelerator). Second, one needs a program which monitor the progress of individual scattering experiments, and decides automatically when to halt computation (the servo mechanism which guide and control the accelerator). Third, one would like to have an intelligent program which takes the physics questions, such as "what is the reaction rate for the occurrence of hierarchical scattering for a binary with a binding energy of 10 kT in a heat bath with a Maxwellian distribution of single star velocities?", and translate that question in an agenda of scattering experiments to be carried out (the laboratory assistant).