Between Human And Machine:Feedback, Control and Computing Before Cybernetics

author: David A. Mindell, MIT, Program in Science, Technology, and Society, (STS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
published: July 18, 2011,   recorded: October 2002,   views: 3090

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Today, the relationship between feedback, control and computing is associated with Norbert Wiener's 1948 formulation of cybernetics. But the theoretical and practical foundations for cybernetics, control engineering, and digital computing were laid earlier, between the two world wars. In his book, David A. Mindell shows how the modern sciences of systems emerged from disparate engineering cultures and their convergence during World War II.

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