Cybernetics: the vital notions of entropy and information (I)

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In 1948 Norbert Wiener published his book « Cybernetics or Control and Communication in animals and machines, » a treatise in which he postulated the creation of science Cybernetics. On the basis of Gibbs’ statistical mechanics, to which he attributes the revolution over Newtonian physics long before Einstein and quantum mechanics, Wiener compares the performance of self-regulating machines to that of living beings through the fundamental notions of information, feedback, homeostasis and freuquency correlation (or resonance), among others. Many of his results arise from the application of his knowledge of electrical circuits to the animal nervous system, others from the understanding of organic processes as schemes of self-regulation, translatable to automata. A number of technical challenges and the subsequent proposal of a new agenda of scientific problems were made possible through intensive collaboration between Wiener and experts from many different fields (biologists, engineers, computer scientists, anthropologists …), whose landmark were the conferences…

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Peruvian anthropologist stuck in Brussels/Exploring the boundaries between media communication tools,technology & culture/Member of cognitariat/ Geek & Freak / Flashdance life- Anthropologue et journaliste qui explore les frontières entre les outils de communication, la technologie et la culture /En peu Geek, un peu freak/ Membre du cognitariat / Flashdance life

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