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The Resource Dark hero of the information age : in search of Norbert Wiener, the father of cybernetics, Flo Conway & Jim Siegelman

Dark hero of the information age : in search of Norbert Wiener, the father of cybernetics, Flo Conway & Jim Siegelman

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Dark hero of the information age : in search of Norbert Wiener, the father of cybernetics
Title
Dark hero of the information age
Title remainder
in search of Norbert Wiener, the father of cybernetics
Statement of responsibility
Flo Conway & Jim Siegelman
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Contributor
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 anthropologists Gregory Bateson and Margaret Mead. His best-selling book, Cybernetics, catapulted him into the public spotlight, as did his chilling visions of the future and his ardent social activism. So why is his work virtually unknown today? And what, in fact, is his legacy? In this book, award-winning journalists Conway and Siegelman set out to rescue Wiener's genius from obscurity and to explore the many ways in which his groundbreaking ideas continue to shape our lives
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1941-
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Conway, Flo
Dewey number
  • 510/.92
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
QA29.W497
LC item number
C66 2005
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Siegelman, Jim
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wiener, Norbert
  • Mathematicians
  • Cybernetics
Label
Dark hero of the information age : in search of Norbert Wiener, the father of cybernetics, Flo Conway & Jim Siegelman
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 399-411) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
ocm56656253
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 423 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780738203683
Lccn
2004022116
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)56656253
  • (Sirsi) a837633
Label
Dark hero of the information age : in search of Norbert Wiener, the father of cybernetics, Flo Conway & Jim Siegelman
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 399-411) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
ocm56656253
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 423 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780738203683
Lccn
2004022116
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)56656253
  • (Sirsi) a837633

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