I've been disappointed recently in my attempts to find good references on the
history of applied mathematics. As others have said, "applied mathematics" is
difficult to define, and perhaps more of an attitude towards science than a
field per se. But one thing I thought might be helpful was to make timeline of
scientists and engineers I feel are particularly notable to applied
This isn't meant to be an exhaustive list. It's a totally personal list, and
still incomplete -- I only really learned about the awesomeness of Theodore von
Karman this last summer, and I know I'm missing important contributions during
the middle ages. I look forward to learning more and filling out the timeline.
Anyway, maybe you'll find it interesting. You can hover over or click on things
to find out more information.