Cybernetics: Or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine

Cybernetics: Or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine by Norbert Wiener

Synopsis: Cybernetics: Or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine was written by Norbert Wiener and published in 1948. It is the first public usage of the term “cybernetics” to refer to self-regulating mechanisms. The book laid the theoretical foundation for servomechanisms (whether electrical, mechanical or hydraulic), automatic navigation, analog computing, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, and reliable communications. – Wikipedia

First Published: 1948 | ISBN: 978-1614275022

Mini-bio: Norbert Wiener was an American mathematician and philosopher. He was a professor of mathematics at MIT. A famous child prodigy, Wiener later became an early researcher in stochastic and mathematical noise processes, contributing work relevant to electronic engineering, electronic communication, and control systems. Wiener is considered the originator of cybernetics, a formalization of the notion of feedback, with implications for engineering, systems control, computer science, biology, neuroscience, philosophy, and the organization of society. – Wikipedia

“One of the most influential books of the twentieth century, Cybernetics has been acclaimed as one of the ‘seminal works’ comparable in ultimate importance to Galileo or Malthus or Rousseau or Mill.” – New York Times

“Its scope and implications are breathtaking, and leaves the reviewer with the conviction that it is a major contribution to contemporary thought.” – Philosophy of Science

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