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The cybernetics moment : or why we call our age the information age, Ronald R. Kline

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The cybernetics moment : or why we call our age the information age
Title
The cybernetics moment
Title remainder
or why we call our age the information age
Statement of responsibility
Ronald R. Kline
Title variation
Why we call our age the information age
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Cybernetics--the science of communication and control as it applies to machines and to humans--originates from efforts during World War II to build automatic anti-aircraft systems. Following the war, this science extended beyond military needs to examine all systems that rely on information and feedback, from the level of the cell to that of society. In The Cybernetics Moment, Ronald R. Kline, a senior historian of technology, examines the intellectual and cultural history of cybernetics and information theory, whose language of "information," "feedback," and "control" transformed the idiom of the sciences, hastened the development of information technologies, and laid the conceptual foundation for what we now call the Information Age. Kline argues that, for about twenty years after 1950, the growth of cybernetics and information theory and ever-more-powerful computers produced a utopian information narrative--an enthusiasm for information science that influenced natural scientists, social scientists, engineers, humanists, policymakers, public intellectuals, and journalists, all of whom struggled to come to grips with new relationships between humans and intelligent machines. Kline traces the relationship between the invention of computers and communication systems and the rise, decline, and transformation of cybernetics by analyzing the lives and work of such notables as Norbert Wiener, Claude Shannon, Warren McCulloch, Margaret Mead, Gregory Bateson, and Herbert Simon. Ultimately, he reveals the crucial role played by the cybernetics moment--when cybernetics and information theory were seen as universal sciences--in setting the stage for our current preoccupation with information technologies."--Publisher's description
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Kline, Ronald R
Dewey number
303.48/33
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
Q360
LC item number
.K56 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
New studies in American intellectual and cultural history
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Information theory
  • Cybernetics
  • Cybernetics
  • Information theory
  • Kybernetik
Label
The cybernetics moment : or why we call our age the information age, Ronald R. Kline
Link
http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=46341
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
War and information theory -- Circular causality -- The cybernetics craze -- The information bandwagon -- Humans as machines -- Machines as human -- Cybernetics in crisis -- Inventing an information age -- Two cybernetic frontiers
Control code
ocn890127838
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 336 pages
Isbn
9781421416717
Lccn
2014035091
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
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  • (Sirsi) i9781421416717
  • (OCoLC)890127838
Label
The cybernetics moment : or why we call our age the information age, Ronald R. Kline
Link
http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=46341
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
War and information theory -- Circular causality -- The cybernetics craze -- The information bandwagon -- Humans as machines -- Machines as human -- Cybernetics in crisis -- Inventing an information age -- Two cybernetic frontiers
Control code
ocn890127838
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 336 pages
Isbn
9781421416717
Lccn
2014035091
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781421416717
  • (OCoLC)890127838

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