Technology for Modelling: Electrical Analogies, Engineering Practice, and the Development of Analogue Computing (History of Computing)

By Charles Care

Historians have various perspectives at the center identification of analogue computing. a few painting the know-how exclusively as a precursor to electronic computing, while others pressure that analogue functions existed good after 1940. Even inside of modern assets, there's a spectrum of knowing round what constitutes analogue computing. to appreciate the connection among analogue and electronic computing, and what this suggests for clients at the present time, the background needs to ponder how the know-how is used.

Technology for Modelling investigates the applied sciences, the recommendations, and the purposes of analogue computing. The textual content asserts that analogue computing has to be considered not only a computing know-how, but in addition as a modelling know-how, demonstrating how the heritage of analogue computing may be understood by way of the parallel issues of calculation and modelling. The ebook additionally contains a variety of specific case reports of the technology's use and application.

Topics and lines: discusses the that means of analogue computing and its importance in historical past, and describes the most adjustments among analogue and electronic computing; offers a chronology of analogue computing, dependent upon the 2 significant strands of calculation and modeling; examines the broader courting among computing and modelling, and discusses how the topic of modelling matches in the heritage of analogue computing; describes how the background of analogue computing developed via a couple of phases of use; offers illustrative case experiences on analogue modelling in educational examine, oil reservoir modelling, aeronautical layout, and meteorology.

General readers and researchers within the box of historical past of computing – in addition to background of technology extra mostly – will locate this publication a desirable perception into the old use and evolution of know-how. the quantity offers a long-needed old framework and context for those middle computing technologies.

Dr. Charles Care is a senior software program engineer at BT and an affiliate Fellow on the division of computing device technology of the college of Warwick, united kingdom.

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