Some Historical Remarks
THE computer is a tool that enables the control of spatial and temporal dimensions of some families of events. The first major applications of computer science, notably military, have relied on this essential quality. Where does this capacity of the computer come from? The objective of this paper is to answer this question by bringing to the fore the relations between computer science and the world of automatism. Effectively, the computer integrates two distinct traditions relating to the control of time and space: regulation automatism and programming. This synthesis is probably one of the origins of the power of the computer.
KeywordsProgramming Automatism Steam Engine Regulation Automatism Historical Remark Determined Note
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