The history of applied mathematics

Barrow-Green, June and Siegmund-Schultze, Reinhard (2015). The history of applied mathematics. In: Higham, Nicholas ed. The Princeton Companion to Applied Mathematics. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, pp. 55–79.


What is applied mathematics? This is a difficult question—one to which there is no simple answer. The massive growth in applications of mathematics within and outside the sciences, especially since World War II, has made this question even more problematic, the increasing overlap with other disciplines and their methods adding further to the difficulties, creating problems that border on the philosophical.

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