Tag Archives: History

PDE Coffee Table Book

I stumbled upon The (Unfinished) PDE Coffee Table Book, which can be quite useful for future courses on PDE. Here is the link.

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Tree of Life

The only illustration in the Origin of Species is the following sketch of the tree of life by Charles Darwin: More recent tree of life is given by On this tree all multi-cellular organisms are a tiny branch in the … Continue reading

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Smale’s horseshoe

Smale’s horseshoe, one of absolutely central notions of the modern theory of dynamical systems, was invented by Stephen Smale in 1960 in Rio de Janeiro, while Dr. Smale was receiving support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) of the United … Continue reading

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I will talk about Smale’s horseshoe this Friday at our regular Math Club. My presentation at the AMS sectional meeting is scheduled for Sunday, April 17, 2016, Special Session on Topological and Smooth Dynamics, IV, Room 308, Minard Hall, for 2:30pm (the last talk). … Continue reading

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Something about rigor in mathematics

A very interesting account of Oliver Heaviside work. Link.

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History of solving PDE

A nice review with a lot of interesting details: Partial Differential Equations in the 20th Century by Brezis and Browder

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Group selection versus kin selection

The group-selection dustup continues: E. O. Wilson calls Richard Dawkins a “journalist”

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