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

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

Charles Care


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

Technology for Modelling investigates the applied sciences, the suggestions, and the functions of analogue computing. The textual content asserts that analogue computing needs to be considered not only a computing expertise, but in addition as a modelling expertise, demonstrating how the heritage of analogue computing should be understood by way of the parallel topics of calculation and modelling. The ebook additionally encompasses a variety of certain case experiences of the technology's use and application.

Topics and contours: discusses the that means of analogue computing and its importance in historical past, and describes the most modifications among analogue and electronic computing; presents a chronology of analogue computing, established 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 historical past of analogue computing; describes how the background of analogue computing advanced via a few phases of use; provides illustrative case reports on analogue modelling in educational examine, oil reservoir modelling, aeronautical layout, and meteorology.

General readers and researchers within the box of background of computing – in addition to background of technology extra quite often – will locate this e-book a desirable perception into the historic use and evolution of know-how. the quantity presents a long-needed historic framework and context for those center computing technologies.

Dr. Charles Care is a senior software program engineer at BT and an affiliate Fellow on the division of computing device technological know-how of the collage of Warwick, united kingdom.

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