Why study Applied Mathematics?

Applied Mathematics at the University of Utah

Undergraduate studies

Our undergraduate program offers two Applied Mathematics oriented Majors:

Graduate studies (Masters or PhD)

You can get a graduate degree focusing in Applied Mathematics by attending the Mathematics graduate program and working with one of our Applied Mathematics faculty. Our faculty has ongoing collaborations with Science and Engineering faculty (inside and outside the university) and with the industry, so interdisciplinary graduate projects are possible.

Who founded Applied Mathematics?

The founding fathers of applied mathematics include practically all math geniuses, e.g. Archimedes, Newton, Euler, Cauchy, Gauss, Fourier, Lagrange, Hilbert, Kolmogorov and others.

Isaac Newton

Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy.

Leonhard Euler

Although to penetrate into the intimate mysteries of nature and thence to learn the true causes of phenomena is not allowed to us, nevertheless it can happen that a certain fictive hypothesis may suffice for explaining many phenomena.

David Hilbert

He who seeks for methods without having a definite problem in mind seeks in the most part in vain.

Joseph Fourier

The profound study of nature is the most fertile source of mathematical discoveries.

Henry Poincaré

Mathematics is the art of giving the same name to different things.

John von Neumann

There's no sense in being precise when you don't even know what you're talking about.

Sofia Kovalevskaya

It is impossible to be a mathematician without being a poet in soul.

Karl Weierstrass

When I wrote this, only God and I understood what I was doing. Now, God only knows.

Other resources

Acknowledgments: Thanks to Andrej Cherkaev for proposing this page and for contributing to it. The famous mathematicians images come from the MacTutor History of Mathematics Index.


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