New York: The Technology Press/John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1949. Fourth Printing. Octavo (23.5cm); red cloth, stamped in black and white, with red and white dustwrapper; 194pp. Dustwrapper chipped and torn along extremities, with material loss to upper portions; mild abrasions, soiling and wear, some marginalia. Textblock edges foxed. Very Good in a Good, somewhat rare dustwrapper.
Norbert Wiener, world-renowned mathematical analyst and professor at MIT, produced this historically important study of Cybernetics—"the application of statistical mechanics methods to communications engineering". Simply put, Cybernetics is the study of how entities process and react to information, and how they can adapt to improve these processes. As such, the book introduces theoretical foundation for concepts in artificial intelligence, neuroscience, servomechanisms, computing, and other topics. Reception for the book was much wider than Wiener anticipated; in response, he published the more accessible The Human Use of Human Beings (1950), regarding the ethics of cybernetics and automaton.