Dynamic Breakthroughs in 20th Century Mathematics

Investigator: John H. Hubbard, Mathematics

Collaborator: Beverly H. West, Mathematics

Arts & Sciences, 2018

The more we learn, the more we realize we do not understand (our take on a quote attributed to both Einstein and Aristotle). Computer graphics in the late 20th century brought a revolution to teaching and research in mathematics. Cornell was the forefront internationally in the study of dynamical systems, which includes differential equations and iterative equations, as well as complex dynamics, which expands on the popularized pictures from the Mandelbrot Set. But some of the most important outcomes are not well known. Lest this history be forgotten, our collection captures the history and brings important resources to educators and researchers alike.