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2016-09-25: Amath Timeline

2016-02-24: Math errors and risk reporting

2016-02-20: Apple VS FBI

2016-02-19: More Zika may be better than less

2016-02-17: Dependent Non-Commuting Random Variable Systems

2016-01-14: Life at the multifurcation

2015-09-28: AI ain't that smart

2015-06-24: MathEpi citation tree

2015-03-31: Too much STEM is bad

2015-03-24: Dawn of the CRISPR age

2015-02-12: A Comment on How Biased Dispersal can Preclude Competitive Exclusion

2015-02-09: Hamilton's selfish-herd paradox

2015-02-08: Risks and values of microparasite research

2014-11-10: Vaccine mandates and bioethics

2014-10-18: Ebola, travel, president

2014-10-17: Ebola comments

2014-10-12: Ebola numbers

2014-09-23: More stochastic than?

2014-08-17: Feynman's missing method for third-orders?

2014-07-31: CIA spies even on congress

2014-07-16: Rehm on vaccines

2014-06-21: Kurtosis, 4th order diffusion, and wave speed

2014-06-20: Random dispersal speeds invasions

2014-05-06: Preservation of information asymetry in Academia

2014-04-16: Dual numbers are really just calculus infinitessimals

2014-04-14: More on fairer markets

2014-03-18: It's a mad mad mad mad prisoner's dilemma

2014-03-05: Integration techniques: Fourier--Laplace Commutation

2014-02-25: Fiber-bundles for root-polishing in two dimensions

2014-02-17: Is life a simulation or a dream?

2014-01-30: PSU should be infosocialist

2014-01-12: The dark house of math

2014-01-11: Inconsistencies hinder pylab adoption

2013-12-24: Cuvier and the birth of extinction

2013-12-17: Risk Resonance

2013-12-15: The cult of the Levy flight

2013-12-09: 2013 Flu Shots at PSU

2013-12-02: Amazon sucker-punches 60 minutes

2013-11-26: Zombies are REAL, Dr. Tyson!

2013-11-22: Crying wolf over synthetic biology?

2013-11-21: Tilting Drake's Equation

2013-11-18: Why $1^\infty != 1$

2013-11-15: Adobe leaks of PSU data + NSA success accounting

2013-11-14: 60 Minutes misreport on Benghazi

2013-11-11: Making fairer trading markets

2013-11-10: L'Hopital's Rule for Multidimensional Systems

2013-11-09: Using infinitessimals in vector calculus

2013-11-08: Functional Calculus

2013-11-03: Elementary mathematical theory of the health poverty trap

2013-11-02: Proof of the area of a circle using elementary methods

Amath Timeline

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 mathematics.

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.

Applied Mathematicians Timeline (biased, in progress) -500 0 500 1000 1500 1600 1700 1800 1900 2000 Thales, born -624, died -547 Pythagoras, born -569, died -475 Archimedes, born -287, died -212 Heron, born 10, died 75 Ptolemy, born 85, died 165 Theon, born 335, died 405 Hypatia, born 370, died 415 Fibonacci, born 1170, died 1250 Oresme, born 1323, died 1382 Tartaglia, born 1500, died 1557 Tartaglia Stevin, born 1548, died 1620 Stevin Napier, born 1550, died 1617 Napier Galileo, born 1564, died 1642 Galileo Kepler, born 1571, died 1630 Kepler Snell, born 1580, died 1626 Snell Descartes, born 1596, died 1650 Descartes Fermat, born 1601, died 1665 Fermat Wallis, born 1616, died 1703 Wallis Pascal, born 1623, died 1662 Pascal Boyle, born 1627, died 1691 Boyle Huygens, born 1629, died 1695 Huygens Newton, born 1643, died 1727 Newton Leibniz, born 1646, died 1716 Leibniz Bernoulli, Jacob, born 1654, died 1705 Bernoulli, Jacob Bernoulli, Johann, born 1667, died 1748 Bernoulli, Johann De Moivre, born 1667, died 1754 De Moivre Bernoulli, Daniel, born 1700, died 1782 Bernoulli, Daniel Euler, born 1707, died 1783 Euler D'Alembert, born 1717, died 1783 D'Alembert Lagrange, born 1736, died 1813 Lagrange Laplace, born 1749, died 1827 Laplace Fourier, born 1768, died 1830 Fourier Poisson, born 1781, died 1840 Poisson Babbage, born 1791, died 1871 Babbage Green, born 1793, died 1841 Green Lovelace, born 1815, died 1852 Lovelace Galton, born 1822, died 1911 Galton Maxwell, born 1831, died 1879 Maxwell Gibbs, born 1839, died 1903 Gibbs Reynolds, born 1842, died 1912 Reynolds Klein, born 1849, died 1925 Klein Heaviside, born 1850, died 1925 Heaviside Thomson, William, born 1856, died 1947 Thomson, William Prandtl, born 1875, died 1953 Prandtl Einstein, born 1879, died 1955 Einstein Karman, born 1881, died 1963 Karman Noether, Emmy, born 1882, died 1935 Noether, Emmy Taylor, Geoffrey, born 1886, died 1975 Taylor, Geoffrey Fisher, born 1890, died 1962 Fisher Wiener, Norbert, born 1894, died 1964 Wiener, Norbert Von Neumann, born 1903, died 1957 Von Neumann Kolmogorov, born 1903, died 1987 Kolmogorov Hopper, born 1906, died 1992 Hopper Bethe, born 1906, died 2005 Bethe Ulam, born 1909, died 1984 Ulam Turing, born 1912, died 1954 Turing Feynman, born 1918, died 1988 Feynman Bellman, born 1920, died 1984 Bellman Knuth, born 1938, died 2016 Knuth