Dark Hero of the Information Age: In Search of Norbert Wiener, the Father of Cybernetics

Dark Hero of the Information Age: In Search of Norbert Wiener, the Father of Cybernetics by Flo Conway and Jim Siegelman

Synopsis: Child prodigy and brilliant MIT mathematician, Norbert Wiener founded the revolutionary science of cybernetics and ignited the information-age explosion of computers, automation, and global telecommunications. His best-selling book, Cybernetics, catapulted him into the public spotlight, as did his chilling visions of the future and his ardent social activism.Based on a wealth of primary sources and exclusive access to Wiener’s closest family members, friends, and colleagues, Dark Hero of the Information Age reveals this eccentric genius as an extraordinarily complex figure. No one interested in the intersection of technology and culture will want to miss this epic story of one of the twentieth century’s most brilliant and colorful figures.

Published: December 2004 | ISBN: 978-0465013715

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

Mini-bio: Flo Conway and Jim Siegelman have broken new ground in the study of personal and social change. Their published works offer a compelling blend of first-person testimony, in-depth analysis and tough investigative journalism. But Conway and Siegelman’s work goes far beyond traditional reporting and social criticism. Their focus is on communication, the lifeblood of modern culture. Their perspective is grounded, not in traditional psychological or sociological frameworks, but in the new communication sciences that form the foundation of today’s global information economy and society. – Stillpoint Press

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