Dark Hero of the Information Age: In Search of Norbert Wiener, The Father of Cybernetics

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Basic Books, Aug 29, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 pages
Child prodigy and brilliant MIT mathematician, Norbert Wiener founded the revolutionary science of cybernetics and ignited the information-age explosion of computers, automation, and global telecommunications. His best-selling book, Cybernetics, catapulted him into the public spotlight, as did his chilling visions of the future and his ardent social activism.Based on a wealth of primary sources and exclusive access to Wiener's closest family members, friends, and colleagues, Dark Hero of the Information Age reveals this eccentric genius as an extraordinarily complex figure. No one interested in the intersection of technology and culture will want to miss this epic story of one of the twentieth century's most brilliant and colorful figures.
 

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User Review  - JohnAGoldsmith - LibraryThing

An important book for anyone who wants to understand why cybernetics died on the vine in the mid 1950s. The Conways reveal the role that Wiener's wife, of all things, played in this. I won't spoil the story; read the book Read full review

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User Review  - name99 - LibraryThing

Disappointing. I was hoping for a serious discussion of WIener integration, but this was a pop biography, big on his personal life but not on the details of his work. Read full review

Contents

The Most Remarkable Boy in the World
3
Young Wiener
28
The Wunderkind and the FrauProfessor
47
Weak Currents Light Computers
63
s Wienerwalks
82
Birth of a Science
103
I IN THE COURT OF CYBERNETICS
129
The Knights of Circular Causality
131
Breach and Betrayal
213
I AFTERMATH
235
A Scientist Rebels
237
A Government Reacts
255
Wienerwalks III
272
Childhoods End
312
Epilogue
337
Acknowledgments
349

Breakfast at Macys
154
Cybernetics
171
IO Wienerwalks II
195

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Flo Conway and Jim Siegelman are award-winning journalists and the authors of the bestselling Snapping: America's Epidemic of Sudden Personality Change and Holy Terror: The Fundamentalist War on America's Freedoms in Religion, Politics, and Our Private Lives. They live in New York City. Flo Conway and Jim Siegelman are award-winning journalists and the authors of the bestselling Snapping: America's Epidemic of Sudden Personality Change and Holy Terror: The Fundamentalist War on America's Freedoms in Religion, Politics, and Our Private Lives. They live in New York City.

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