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From newspeak to cyberspeak : a history of Soviet cybernetics

Author: Slava Gerovitch
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2002.
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In this text Slava Gerovitch argues that Soviet cybernetics was not just an intellectual trend but a social movement for radical reform in science and society as a whole.


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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Slava Gerovitch
ISBN: 0262072327 9780262072328
OCLC Number: 48477582
Description: xiv, 369 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction. Soviet Science and Politics through the Prism of Language --
1. Cold War in Code Words: The Newspeak of Soviet Science. Balancing Military and Ideological Priorities for Cold War Science. Shifting Boundaries between Knowledge and Ideology. Newspeak: The Fundamentals. Scientific Newspeak. "Formalism" as a Floating Signifier. From Formulas to "Formalism" in Mathematics. From Literary Form to "Formalism" in Linguistics. Specter of "Idealism" in Physiology --
2. Cyberspeak: A Universal Language for Men and Machines. Norbert Wiener and Andrei Kolmogorov: Two Mathematicians Tackle Biology. Control via Feedback: The Body as a Servomechanism. Order of Life: The Organism as an Entropy-Reducing Machine.
Responsibility: Slava Gerovitch.
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"An exceptionally lively and interesting book. This is by far the best-informed and most insightful account of cybernetics in the Soviet Union."--David Holloway, Raymond A. Spruance Professor of Read more...

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