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Dark hero of the information age : in search of Norbert Wiener, the father of cybernetics

Author: Flo Conway; Jim Siegelman
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the middle of the last century, Norbert Wiener--ex-child prodigy and brilliant MIT mathematician--founded the science of cybernetics, igniting the information-age explosion of computers, automation, and global telecommunications. Wiener was the first to articulate the modern notion of "feedback," and his ideas informed the work of computer pioneer John von Neumann, information theorist Claude Shannon, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Norbert Wiener; Norbert Wiener; Norbert Wiener; Norbert Wiener
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Flo Conway; Jim Siegelman
ISBN: 0738203688 9780738203683 0465013716 9780465013715
OCLC Number: 56656253
Description: xv, 423 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: Time past, time present --
pt. 1: The elephant's child. The most remarkable boy in the world --
Young Wiener --
The Wunderkind and the Frau-Professor --
Weak currents, light computers --
Wienerwalks --
Birth of a science. --
pt. 2: In the court of cybernetics. The knights of circular causality --
Breakfast at Macy's --
The big bang : cybernetics --
Wienerwalks II --
Breach and betrayal. --
pt. 3: Aftermath. A scientist rebels --
A government reacts --
Wienerwalks III --
Homage to the elephant's child : The 'satiable soul of Norbert Wiener --
Childhood's end. --
Epilogue: Time future: surviving the global society.
Responsibility: Flo Conway & Jim Siegelman.
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