Maxwell and the Origins of Cybernetics

@article{Mayr1971MaxwellAT,
  title={Maxwell and the Origins of Cybernetics},
  author={Otto Mayr},
  journal={Isis},
  year={1971},
  volume={62},
  pages={425 - 444}
}
  • O. Mayr
  • Published 1 December 1971
  • Computer Science
  • Isis
We have decided to call the entire field of control and communication theory, whether in the machine or in the animal, by the name Cybernetics, which we form from the Greek XuPspvwyn or steersman. In choosing this term, we wish to recognize that the first significant paper on feedback mechanisms is an article on governors, which was published by Clerk Maxwell in 1868, and that governor is derived from a Latin corruption of XuPspvt,v:,q.1 -NORBERT WIENER 

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