Harmonies of Disorder

Norbert Wiener: A Mathematician-Philosopher of Our Time

  • Leone Montagnini

Part of the Springer Biographies book series (SPRINGERBIOGS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. (1894–1918)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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  3. (1919–1939)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
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  4. (1940–1945)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-102
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      Pages 103-109
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  5. (1946–1964)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 253-307

About this book


This book presents the entire body of thought of Norbert Wiener (1894–1964), knowledge of which is essential if one wishes to understand and correctly interpret the age in which we live. The focus is in particular on the philosophical and sociological aspects of Wiener’s thought, but these aspects are carefully framed within the context of his scientific journey. Important biographical events, including some that were previously unknown, are also highlighted, but while the book has a biographical structure, it is not only a biography. The book is divided into four chronological sections, the first two of which explore Wiener’s development as a philosopher and logician and his brilliant interwar career as a mathematician, supported by his philosophical background. The third section considers his research during World War II, which drew upon his previous scientific work and reflections and led to the birth of cybernetics. Finally, the radical post-war shift in Wiener’s intellectual path is considered, examining how he came to abandon computer science projects and commenced ceaseless public reflections on the new sciences and technologies of information, their social effects, and the need for responsibility in science. 


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Authors and affiliations

  • Leone Montagnini
    • 1
  1. 1.Ufficio BiblioscienzeBiblioteche di RomaRomeItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Mathematics and Statistics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-50656-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-50657-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2365-0613
  • Series Online ISSN 2365-0621
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