Thinking by Machine. A Study of Cybernetics. Illustrated with photographs…

Wiener’s copy

~ Thinking by Machine. A Study of Cybernetics. Illustrated with photographs and diagrams. With a foreword by Isaac Asimov. Boston: The Riverside Press Cambridge for Houghton Mifflin Company, 1957.

8vo (210 × 135 mm.), pp. xiii, [i], 353, [9] (including table), with four leaves of photographic illustrations, illustrated with diagrams throughout. Original grey cloth and red paper covered boards, gilt lettering to spine. Original pictorial dust-jacket. Upper cover very slightly marked. Dust-jacket a little worn, damp-stained at spine (not visible on shelf). Inscription ‘Norbert Wiener’ to front free endpaper, probably by the publisher rather than the recipient, publisher's presentation slip loosely inserted, a little creased and torn along top edge. A very good copy.

Norbert Wiener's copy of the first English edition of Pierre de Latil's acclaimed introduction to cybernetics, sent to Wiener by the publishers as a review copy. Wiener was the immensely influential pioneering founder of the field of cybernetics and his review of the work headlines the text on the back of the dust-jacket: ‘I definitely think that it is one of the really good popularizations of cybernetics.’ The title was first published in 1953 in Paris as La Pensée Artificielle.

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