[SIGCIS-Members] simulation before 1947
willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Wed Apr 8 06:26:32 PDT 2015
Dear Julian (if I may),
Many thanks for this. Harry F Olson, Dynamical Analogies (Van Nostrand,
1943), does not use the word 'simulation' (which is evidence that it was
not the obvious term then), but the technique I am after is what he
describes for acoustical systems. This is how he begins Chapter 1:
> Analogies are useful when it is desired to compare an unfamiliar
> system with one that is better known. The relations and actions are
> more easily visualized, the mathematics more readily applied and the
> analytical solutions more readily obtained in the familiar system.
> Analogies make it possible to extend the line of reasoning into
> unexplored fields. A large part of engineering analysis is concerned
> with vibrating systems. Although not generally so considered, the
> electrical circuit is the most common example and the most widely
> exploited vibrating system.
The book is in the Internet Archive.
Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor, Department of Digital
Humanities, King's College London, and Digital Humanities Research
Group, University of Western Sydney
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