The Origins of Feedback Control
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Ancient devices meeting these criteria are discussed in detail: the water clock of Ktesibios, Philon's self-regulating oil lamp, float devices by Heron, Arabic and Far Eastern inventions. These are followed by the first thermostatic ovens and incubators constructed in the seventeenth century, and steam-pressure and other regulators built in the eighteenth century, in both cases in Britain. The classical example is the governor of James Watt's steam engine. The evolution of speed regulators is traced through the nineteenth century, and the logical steps toward the developments of automation and cybernetics are discussed briefly.
The author also advances an interesting theory as to why feedback devices began to appear in quantity in the second half of the eighteenth century, and why mainly in Britain. In his view this was not so much a purely technological breakthrough or the result of the new demands created by the Industrial Revolution as it was a fundamental change in man's attitude toward machinery and toward systems in general: the system came to be regarded as autonomous, maintaining equilibrium by mechanisms inherent in itself. In technology, such thinking led to the invention of feedback devices; in economics, to the free enterprise system of Adam Smith; in politics, to the division of powers and the system of constitutional government.
Otto Mayr translated this book from his own German original.
Sprache: Text: English, German (translation)
Titel: The Origins of Feedback Control
Verlag: The MIT Press
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