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Encyclopedia > Jay Forrester

Jay Wright Forrester (born 14 July 1918 Climax, Nebraska) is an American pioneer of computer engineering. He headed the Whirlwind project at the beginning of the 1950s the "Multi-coordinate digitally information storage device", the forerunner today's RAM. He created the first animation in the history of computer graphics, a "jumping ball" on an oscilloscope.


Forrester is considered one of the inventors of system dynamics, which deals with the simulation of interactions between objects in dynamic systems. He has written several books and papers on system principles and dynamics. He is currently Germeshausen Professor Emeritus and Senior Lecturer at MIT's Sloan School of Management.


He wrote a book "World Dynamics" on modeling the world economy, population and ecology. The paper "A Dynamic World Model" by D. H. Brownlee (in American Society for Engineering Education Transactions on Computers in Education 1973 Vol. 5) implements this model on an analogue computer. It concludes that the only hope for mankind is massive depopulation resulting from a nuclear war!


External links

  • Selection of his papers in pdf (http://sysdyn.clexchange.org/people/jay-forrester.html)
  • Article: Designing the Future in pdf (http://sysdyn.clexchange.org/sdep/papers/Designjf.pdf)

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Jay, John - Columbia Encyclopedia article about Jay, John (592 words)
Jay was appointed (1777) chief justice of New York but left that post to become (Dec., 1778) president of the Continental Congress.
Jay declined further diplomatic appointments in Europe and returned to America to find that Congress had appointed him Secretary of Foreign Affairs, a post he held (1784–89) for the duration of the government under the Articles of Confederation.
Although he was able to secure minor treaties, he found it impossible under the Articles of Confederation to make progress in the settlement of major disputes with Great Britain and Spain, a situation that caused him to become one of the strongest advocates of a more powerful central government.
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