Cybernetics: Or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine

New York: John Wiley & Sons 1948. First American Edition. [8], [7]-194 pages. 8vo. Publisher's red cloth with black embossed box with white "CYBERNETICS" on front panel and similar design on the spine panel with author and publisher in blank print. An exceptionally bright and clean example in the difficult to find dust jacket. A small closed tear to the top of the dust jacket front panel near the spine and a tiny tear to the rear gutter dj. Otherwise just a touch of wear overall to the dust jacket. The best copy we've owned in 20 years. Fine / Near Fine. Cloth. [24387]

"Cybernetics was the first conventionally published book, rather than a technical report, to include a serious discussion of electronic digital computing." (Origins of Cyberspace 991 refering to the French edition which preceded the American by a few months). This book introduced the term cybernetics and clarified the questions raised by the rapid development of computing technology in the mid twentieth century. Cybernetics "has contributed to popularizing a way of thinking in communication theory terms, such as feedback, information, control, input, output, stability, homeostasis, prediction, and filtering." DSB (1981), v.14, p.347.

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