History of Laplace Transforms

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# History of Laplace Transforms

Submitted by stuck on Sun, 12/02/2007 - 05:57

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I was curious if anyone here knew a good place to read about this. I wondered what were the initial motivations and then when has this method become widely popular.

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## Re: History of Laplace Transforms

I remember reading that, and I can kinda see how there are connections with gamma function and probability and Laplace Transforms... But, how do we get from there to it being a widely known technique which is applied to non-probabilistic applications? I suppose I could google it, I just thought I'd start by querying PM.

## Re: History of Laplace Transforms

If you find out, perhaps you could write an overview topic article for PM?

## Re: History of Laplace Transforms

My understanding (which should not be taken too seriously as it

may be all wrong) is that Laplace came out with his transforms

in the course of his work on probability theory in connection

with generating moments.