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Norbert Wiener, 1894-1964

Author: Pesi Rustom Masani
Publisher: Basel ; Boston : Birkhäuser, ©1990.
Series: Vita mathematica, v. 5.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Norbert Wiener was an American mathematician and philosopher. He was a professor of mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). A 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographie
Biographies
Named Person: Norbert Wiener; Wiener; Norbert Wiener; Norbert Wiener; Norbert Wiener; Norbert Wiener; Norbert Wiener
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Pesi Rustom Masani
ISBN: 0817622462 9780817622466 3764322462 9783764322465
OCLC Number: 19389460
Description: 416 pages : illustrations, black and white photographs, diagrams ; 23 cm.
Contents: Prologue --
Count Tolstoy and Wiener's father --
New England and Wiener's early training, 1901-1905 --
Harvard and Wiener's university training, 1906-1913 --
Bertrand Russell and Wiener's postdoctoral years, 1914-1917 --
World War I and Wiener's military yearnings --
From postulate systems to the Brownian motion and potential theory --
The allotment of national income, marriage, and Wiener's academic career --
From communications engineering to generalized harmonic analysis and Tauberian theory --
Max Born and Wiener's thoughts on quantum mechanics and unified field theory --
The collaboration with E. Hopf and R.E.A.C. Paley --
Birkhoff's theorem and consolidation of Wiener's ideas on statistical physics --
Lee, Bush, and Wiener's thoughts on networks and computers --
Bigelow and anti-aircraft fire control, 1940-1945 --
Arturo Rosenblueth and Wiener's work in physiology --
McCulloch, Pitts and the evolution of Wiener's neurophysiological ideas --
The cybernetical movement and von Neumann's letter, 1946 --
Cybernetics --
The second industrial revolution and its educational, economic and social challenges --
Wiener on global policy and military science; von Neumann's position; science and human welfare --
Wiener's excursion into the religious domain --
Wiener's literary predilections and initiatives; his concept of art --
Wiener, the man and the teacher : authenticity and prejudice in his attitudes and writings --
Epilogue.
Series Title: Vita mathematica, v. 5.
Responsibility: by P.R. Masani.
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Norbert Wiener was an American mathematician and philosopher. He was a professor of mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). A 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. Wiener thought on a grand scale and stressed the adaptation of technical concepts from pure mathematics and electrical engineering outside their technical contexts. Masani's interesting and thoughtful book analyses both Wiener's mathematical and his nonmathematical ideas in sympathetic and sensitive detail. Readers will find much to appreciate in this book, in addition to the discussion of Wiener's technical research.

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