Good ol' JCM

Hello again,

Here’s the original, “incomprehensible” paper from JCM about negative feedback and control theory. Note his discussion of impossible roots. Also note the distinction he makes between moderators and governors proper. -The reader is startled to learn that the oldest and best known of the species,


the centrifugal governor of James Watt, is no governor at all but only a moderator. We had a discussion back in April 2014 about this device under the thread, “What’s wrong with this picture?”.

The second attachment is a series of screenshots of another paper which discusses the role of Maxwell’s paper in cybernetics. Note the distinction between proportional and integral controllers which is talked about on early on.

On_Governors.pdf (109 KB)

New folder.rar (5.97 MB)