The Human Use of Human Beings: Cybernetics and Society

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Da Capo Press, Mar 22, 1988 - Computers - 200 pages
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Only a few books stand as landmarks in social and scientific upheaval. Norbert Wiener's classic is one in that small company. Founder of the science of cybernetics--the study of the relationship betwee
 

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Review: The Human Use Of Human Beings: Cybernetics And Society

User Review  - Tony Poerio - Goodreads

Wiener's foundational text on the discipline of cybernetics. Fascinating, and a relatively quick read given the subject matter. It's been awhile, but I remember the writing being quite lucid. Worth the read for anyone interested. Read full review

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User Review  - Mengsen Zhang - Goodreads

Wiener was a genius for his understanding of the nature of communication, as well reflected in his mastery of writing. The chapter on law and communication definitely helped me reconnect to a ... Read full review

Contents

I Cybernetics in History
15
II Progress and Entropy
28
Two Patterns of Communicative Behavior
48
IV The Mechanism and History of Language
74
V Organization as the Message
95
VI Law and Communication
105
VII Communication Secrecy and Social Policy
112
VIII Role of the Intellectual and the Scientis
131
IX The First and the Second Industrial Revolution
136
X Some Communication Machines and Their Future
163
XI Language Confusion and Jam
187
Index
194
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Norbert Wiener received his Ph.D. from Harvard at the age of eighteen, and joined the mathematics department at M.I.T. when he was twenty-five. Honored throughout his life with numerous scientific awards, he was the author of two autobiographies, Ex-Prodogy and I Am a Mathematician, as well as several important books and basic papers on the theory and practice of cybernetics.

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