English Universities Press London, 1959, reprinted 1960; 214 pages, references, index.
Condition: Very Good green cloth hardcover in Good orange and white dustjacket and clear protective acetate glassine jacket cover. Personal shelf number label on lower spine, jacket faded and with slight chipping all edges; prev. owner's bookplate inside cover. The binding is sound and secure, pages clean and unmarked.
Categories: 1950's computers and computing, Computers and Society, Cybernetics, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, General Histories and References, Human-Computer Interaction, Word Processing, Data Processing
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Item DescriptionNew science of Cybernetics, self-regulation and adaptability, a tool for understanding and organising systems and machines. Contents include Orientation; Basic Notions -- the context, systems; about being controlled; the ubiquity of feedback; purposive systems and information; the black box;
The Logical Theory of Cybernetics -- new science; logical origins; completion from without; the power of binary decisoins; theory of automata; The Biophysical Theory of Cybernetics - mathematical biophysics; experiments in adaptive behavior; machines that learn and teach; intelligent machines for adaptation; sketch for a cybernetic factory; The Analogue Theory of Cybernetics - analogue of fabric; of mechanization; of uncertainty; of language.