From: Roger Johansson
Subject: Re: why electronics is called "electronics" ??
Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2002 06:58:15 +0200
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>Why the electronics field with the common meaning we know is called
>"electronics" or being related directly to the electron?
The real name for what we are doing is cybernetics, the art of
steering and controlling processes.
The physical technology we use to realize our cybernetic models today
is electronics, devices using electron currents.
In the future we will probably call it photonics, as we use photons
instead of electrons, but it will still be the same cybernetic models,
amplifiers, negative and positive feedback, etc..
We could have realized the same circuits with fluidistors, pressurized
air components, or with steam engine technology, but those
technologies were a bit too slow and clumsy to use for more
The steam engine is a mechanical power amplifier, and it had a
negative feedback mechanism to keep constant speed when it was needed.
We could also call it applied mathematics, because cybernetics is the
art of applying mathematical and logical models to reality, in the
form of machines and devices, but I think the word cybernetics is
The term cybernetics was coined by Norbert Wiener who wrote a book
about technologies like cybernetics and artificial intelligence.
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