RESEARCH PAPERS: Computers and Control

Fool’s Paradise: The Wedding Dance of Physics and Control

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Henry M. Paynter

MIT, Cambridge, MA

J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control 115(2B), 239-241 (Jun 01, 1993) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2899063 History: Received January 04, 1993; Online March 17, 2008


This paper discusses the subtle interplay between physics and control guided by the metaphor of a marriage, with its wedding dance, shivaree and consummation. Physics is constrained by conservation, control, by causality. The revolutionary concept of a signal is the shotgun that forced the wedding.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Topics: Physics , Signals
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