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Structured Development for Real-Time Systems by Stephen J. Mellor, Paul T. Ward

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Chapter 1. Historical Perspective

Historical phases in engineering disciplines

The old adage — “everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it” [1] — has recently been proven false. People are indeed doing something about the weather; they are anticipating its short-term variations fairly effectively. Such anticipation (for example, the prediction that a hurricane will strike a land area) has undoubtedly saved thousands of lives and millions of dollars in property. A less dramatic consequence is that millions of us routinely use the nightly newspaper, radio, or television weather forecast to plan our activities for the following day.

Although weather forecasting owes much to discoveries in the pure and applied sciences, we ...

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