A Century of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, 1882-1982

A Century of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, 1882-1982

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Electrical engineering is a protean profession. Today the field embraces many disciplines that seem far removed from its roots in the telegraph, telephone, electric lamps, motors, and generators. To a remarkable extent, this chronicle of change and growth at a single institution is a capsule history of the discipline and profession of electrical engineering as it developed worldwide. Even when MIT was not leading the way, the department was usually quick to adapt to changing needs, goals, curricula, and research programs. What has remained constant throughout is the dynamic interaction of teaching and research, flexibility of administration, the interconnections with industrial progress and national priorities.The book's text and many photographs introduce readers to the renowned teachers and researchers who are still well known in engineering circles, among them: Vannevar Bush, Harold Hazen, Edward Bowles, Gordon Brown, Harold Edgerton, Ernst Guillemin, Arthur von Hippel, and Jay Forrester.The book covers the department's major areas of activity - electrical power systems, servomechanisms, circuit theory, communications theory, radar and microwaves (developed first at the famed Radiation Laboratory during World War II), insulation and dielectrics, electronics, acoustics, and computation. This rich history of accomplishments shows moreover that years before qComputer Scienceq was added to the department's name such pioneering results in computation and control as Vannevar Bush's Differential Analyzer, early cybernetic devices and numerically controlled servomechanisms, the Whirlwind computer, and the evolution of time-sharing computation had already been achieved.Karl Wildes has been associated with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science since the 1920s, and is now Professor Emeritus. Nilo Lindgren, an electrical engineering graduate of MIT and professional scientific and technical journalist for many years, is at present affiliated with the Electric Power ResAuarch Institute in Palo Alto, California.... control accuracy than any other devices then in use or known to be under development for similar purposes.aquot; aquot;Materials in ... The Hooper-Ward unclassified thesis was entitled aquot;Control of an Electro-Hydraulic Servo Unit.aquot; In it Hooper ... He came back to MIT with his car full of equipment, including some one- and two- horsepower hydraulic piston-type pump motors and hydraulic transmissions. Sperryanbsp;...


Title:A Century of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, 1882-1982
Author: Karl L. Wildes, Nilo A. Lindgren
Publisher:MIT Press - 1985-01-01
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