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Abstract The paper aims at presenting technology and automation advances in the
 

Summary: Abstract The paper aims at presenting
technology and automation advances in the
ancient Greek World, offering evidence that
feedback control as a discipline dates back more
than twenty five centuries.
I. INTRODUCTION
The paper objective is to present historical evidence
of achievements in science, technology and the
making of automation in the ancient Greek world until
the era of Byzantium and that the main driving force
behind Greek science [16] - [18] has been curiosity and
desire for knowledge followed by the study of nature.
When focusing on the discipline of feedback control,
James Watt's Flyball Governor (1769) may be
considered as one of the earliest feedback control
devices of the modern era. As demands on the device
grew, the flyball governor was required to work in new
operating regions where it was exhibiting undesirable
oscillations for unexplained reasons at that time. It was
J. C. Maxwell (1868) who first used differential

  

Source: Antsaklis, Panos - Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Notre Dame

 

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