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Hardcover | Out of Print | 232 pp. | 5.25 x 7.9 in | May 1961 | ISBN: 9780262230070
Paperback | $35.00 X | £27.95 | 232 pp. | 5.25 x 7.9 in | March 1965 | ISBN: 9780262730099
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Cybernetics or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine, Second Edition


Acclaimed one of the "seminal books...comparable in ultimate importance to...Galileo or Malthus or Rousseau or Mill," Cybernetics was judged by twenty-seven historians, economists, educators, and philosophers to be one of those books published during the "past four decades," which may have a substantial impact on public thought and action in the years ahead.—Saturday Review

About the Author

Norbert Wiener (1894–1964) served on the faculty in the Department of Mathematics at MIT from 1919 until his death. In 1963, he was awarded the National Medal of Science for his contributions to mathematics, engineering, and biological science. He was the author of many books, with Cybernetics: On Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine and God and Golem: A Comment on Certain Points Where Cybernetics Impinges on Religion among the most well-known.


“It appears impossible for anyone seriously interested in our civilization to ignore this book. It is a ‘must’ book for those in every branch of addition, economists, politicians, statesmen, and businessmen cannot afford to overlook cybernetics and its tremendous, even terrifying implications. It is a beautifully written book, lucid, direct, and despite its complexity, as readable by the layman as the trained scientist.”
John B. Thurston , The Saturday Review of Literature