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Between human and machine : feedback, control, and computing before cybernetics

Author: David A Mindell
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.
Series: Johns Hopkins studies in the history of technology.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Mindell ponders the orgin of cybernetics beyond Norbert Wiener's 1948 hypothesis. Mindell returns to the time between the World Wars, when four disparate computing research cultures thrived in the United States: the U.S. Navy, the Sperry Gyroscope Company, the Bell Telephone Laboratories, and Vannevar Bush's laboratory at MIT. In each culture, different technical problems, organizational imperatives, and working  Read more...
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Mindell, David A.
Between human and machine.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002
(DLC) 2001004203
(OCoLC)47521252
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David A Mindell
ISBN: 0801877741 9780801877742
OCLC Number: 51493422
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 439 pages) : illustrations
Contents: A history of control systems --
Naval control systems: The Bureau of Ordnance and the Ford Instrument Company --
Taming the beasts of the machine age: The Sperry Company --
Opening Black's box: Bell Labs and the transmission of signals --
Artificial representation of power systems: Analog computing at MIT --
Dress rehearsal for war: The four horsemen and Palomar --
Organizing for war: The fire control divisions of the NDRC --
The Servomechanisms Laboratory and fire control for the masses --
Analog's finest hour --
Radar and system integration at the Radiation Laboratory --
Cybernetics and ideas of the digital.
Series Title: Johns Hopkins studies in the history of technology.
Responsibility: David A. Mindell.

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As a new way to conceptualize the history of computing, this book will be of great interest to historians of science, technology, and culture, as well as computer scientists and theorists. Between  Read more...

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