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am 9. April 2000
Two books, both written in the late 1940s stand out as contributing much to our understanding of the world around us. One of these is "Cybernetics" by Weiner and the other is "The mathematical theory of communication" by Shannon. Both require some study by contain many sections that are easily readable by anyone which get the main points across in an understandable manner.
Weiner's book discuses the use of feedback on virtually every type of control mechanism known... i.e., those of nature as well as those of man. It is the "basic" stuff that everyone of us uses everyday and every moment of our lives whether we are aware of it or not. Whereas Shannon's book tells us how to communicate information in an error-free (or nearly so) way, Weiner's book explains how that information is used to provide effective control of everything around us. For many decades since I first was introduced to these two works, I have used their principles in most things I do.
I very highly recommend these two books to anyone who considers themselves a "thinking person" and is seeking to understand the world around them. Both easily get 5 stars. They are major works!
am 9. Februar 2011
As a non-mathematician, a big part of this book remained a mystery for me. However, the rest is positively mind-blowing. I was struck by the sheer breadth of Wiener's knowledge, way of thinking, and accurate foresight. Many of his ideas resonate until today. Further I really enjoyed the historical value of this book - many of today (computer science/engineering) concepts that feel most natural to us were just being born at the time when Wiener wrote this book. Very dense and impressive read.