Analogue mathematical instruments: Examples from the “theoretical dynamics” group (France, 1948–1964)

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Analogue mathematical instruments: Examples from the “theoretical dynamics” group (France, 1948–1964)

Throughout the history of dynamical systems, instruments have been used to calculate and visualize (approximate) solutions of differential equations. Here we describe the approach of a group of physicists and engineers in the period 1948–1964, and we give ex- amples of the specific (analogue) mathematical in- struments they conceived and used. These examples also illustrate how their analogue culture and practices faced the advent of the digital computer, which appeared at that time as a new instrument, full of promises.

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Mathematical subjects

Analysis
Numerics and Scientific Computing

Connections to other fields

Computer Science
Engineering and Technology
Physics

Author(s)

Loïc Petitgirard
Senior Editor:
Sophia Jahns
Junior Editor:
Anja Randecker

License

DOI (Digital Object Identifier)

10.14760/SNAP-2019-012-EN

snapshots: overview

Mathematical subjects

Algebra and Number Theory
Analysis
Didactics and Education
Discrete Mathematics and Foundations
Geometry and Topology
Numerics and Scientific Computing
Probability Theory and Statistics

Connections to other fields

Chemistry and Earth Science
Computer Science
Engineering and Technology
Finance
Humanities and Social Sciences
Life Science
Physics
Reflections on Mathematics

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