Did Anyone Invent Some New Math Stuff So They Could Solve A Problem Which Then Lead To a Technological Breakthrough?
April 6, 2011 1:16 PM Subscribe
Can you cite any examples where a technological breakthrough wasn't possible until there was some sort of mathematical breakthrough?
posted by Brian Puccio to Science & Nature (32 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I've been told that Egyptians were able to forge ahead in geometry, which better allowed them to figure out the areas of their fields. I'm not exactly sure how useful this is, but this is the best example I can think of.
I'm also somewhat familiar with Leibniz and Newton and calculus, but did either of them start with a problem to solve, "figure out" integral calculus and then use it to solve their problem?
Did anyone else make a breakthrough once they figured out new mathematical techniques?