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Title: On the role of engineering in mathematical development
Authors: Fernández, Isabel
Pacheco, José M. 
UNESCO Clasification: 12 Matemáticas
Issue Date: 2005
Journal: European Journal of Engineering Education 
Abstract: It is customary for engineering syllabuses to include a substantial amount of mathematics, a fact traditionally justified through their usefulness in the analysis and resolution of many technological problems. In other words, usually the role of mathematics in engineering is emphasized. Nevertheless, the opposite viewpoint could be considered as well: What, if any, is the role of engineering in mathematics? This is a less popular standpoint, and we shall show in this paper that there exist engineering ancestors in some very pure mathematics, and that interrelation is a constant between technological and scientific areas. In particular, we track the ancestors of fractal geometry and chaos up to the development of steam technologies in the 18th century.
ISSN: 0304-3797
DOI: 10.1080/03043790410001711216
Source: European Journal of Engineering Education [ISSN 0304-3797], v. 30 (1), p. 81-90
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