Timeline of scientific computing

The following is a timeline of scientific computing, also known as computational science.

Before modern computers

18th century

19th century

1900s (decade)

1910s (decade)



This decade marks the first major strides to a modern computer, and hence the start of the modern era.


  • 1947 - Monte Carlo simulation (voted one of the top 10 algorithms of the 20th century) invented at Los Alamos by von Neumann, Ulam and Metropolis.[24][25][26]
  • George Dantzig introduces the simplex method (voted one of the top 10 algorithms of the 20th century) in 1947.[27]
  • Ulam and von Neumann introduce the notion of cellular automata.[28]
  • Turing formulated the LU decomposition method.[29]
  • Philips creates (invents?) the MONIAC hydraulic computer at LSE, better known as "Philip's Economic Computer".[30][31]
  • First hydro simulations occurred at Los Alamos.[32][33]








  • Foldit players solve virus structure, one of the first cases of a game solving a scientific question.

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