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The cybernetics moment : or why we call our age the information age

Author: Ronald R Kline
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2015]
Series: New studies in American intellectual and cultural history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Cybernetics--the science of communication and control as it applies to machines and to humans--originates from efforts during World War II to build automatic anti-aircraft systems. Following the war, this science extended beyond military needs to examine all systems that rely on information and feedback, from the level of the cell to that of society. In The Cybernetics Moment, Ronald R. Kline, a senior historian of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald R Kline
ISBN: 9781421416717 1421416719
OCLC Number: 890127838
Awards: Winner of CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2015 (United States)
Description: xi, 336 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: War and information theory --
Circular causality --
The cybernetics craze --
The information bandwagon --
Humans as machines --
Machines as human --
Cybernetics in crisis --
Inventing an information age --
Two cybernetic frontiers.
Series Title: New studies in American intellectual and cultural history.
Other Titles: Why we call our age the information age
Responsibility: Ronald R. Kline.
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