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Revista Brasileira de Ensino de Física
Print version ISSN 1806-1117
TONIDANDEL, Danny Augusto Vieira and ARAUJO, Antônio Emílio Angueth de. Laplace transform: an work of engineering. Rev. Bras. Ensino Fís. [online]. 2012, vol.34, n.2, pp.1-6. ISSN 1806-1117. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1806-11172012000200016.
Generations of physicists and engineers have been using the mathematical transforms, especially the Laplace transform, as a short-cut to solve countless problems and to study transient and steady-state phenomena. However, it is the Laplace transform really Laplace's? Its history could be viewed as a truly 200 year-old saga. Its name pays homage to the great french mathematician Pierre-Simon de Laplace, but that is not all. In attempt to answer this question and stimulate the interest on topics concerned to transform techniques, a historic approach is presented showing some technical innovations that made out of this extraordinary tool a real work of engineering.
Keywords : Laplace transform; history of physics; higher education.