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I would like to know something like what's the first PDE etc.

Could you recommend book on the history of PDE/ODE?

thanks.

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Have you read the men of mathematics by bell? I mean this subject is so big, that history could mean a lot of things! If you mean the history involving the big names like euler and newton, then this book is perfect. books.google.com/… –  Matt Calhoun Aug 30 '10 at 21:48

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You can refer to these articles:

1) http://www.jstor.org/pss/2298771

2) www.johnsasser.com/pdf/article13.pdf

3) http://www.math.niu.edu/~rusin/known-math/index/34-XX.html#HIST

Bit of surfing yourself for things should help you out!

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Community wiki? –  Rasmus Aug 30 '10 at 15:01

SIAM (The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) has collected some oral interviews and other materials that have some bearing on the history of ordinary and partial differential equations:

http://history.siam.org/

There is also a lot of material on this topic that is related to more specialized historical studies:

History of Hydraulics by Hunter Rouse and Simon Ince

A History of the Theory of Elasticity and of the Strength of Materials ... by Isaac Todhunter

and work on the Euler equations and the Navier-Stokes equations.

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