Approximation Theory: Past, Present (and Future).

Approximation Theory: Past, Present (and Future).

Tuesday 2 August 2016

Approximation Theory is a branch of mathematics that may not be familiar to all, but has contributions from many great mathematicians.

A sprinkling of some of the contibutors born in the 19th and early 20th century: Karl Theodor Wilhelm Weierstrass (1815-1897), Pafnuty Lvovich Chebyshev (1821-1894),  Charles Hermite (1822-1901),  Elwin Bruno Christoffel (1829-1900), Andrei Andreyevich Markov (1856-1922), Baron Charles-Jean Étienne Gustave Nicolas de La Vallée Poussin (1866-1962),  Émile Borel (1871-1956),  Henri Lebesgue (1875-1941), Sergei Natanovich Bernstein (1880-1968), Andrey Nikolaevich Kolmogorov (1903-1987), Lothar Collatz (1910-1990) George G. Lorentz (1910-2006), Paul (Pál) Erdős (1913-1996).

A much fuller list of past contributors to Approximation Theory  can be found on the History of Approximation Theory (HAT) website

Also, you can find a list of articles on the history of Approximation Theory, many with links to pdfs of the articles.

There is also a list of seminal papers in Approximation Theory, again many of these have pdfs linked.

Finally, there is a list of relevant links to Interest Groups, Societies, Journals, Bibliographies and Information Services.

For a website devoted to present (and future) applications  have a look at the Chebfun website