Science: Come the Revolution

Three years ago Norbert Wiener, professor of mathematics at M.I.T., was a "longhair" who had coined the word "cybernetics"* to wrap up the many-sided science of communication and control devices. Now Wiener's book, Cybernetics (TIME, Dec. 27, 1948), is a classic, and Wiener is a prophet who is listened to by shorthaired, hardheaded businessmen. Many of them agree wholeheartedly that the "cybernetic revolution" he predicted is already in progress.

Last week, as guest of honor at a Manhattan dinner of the Society for the Advancement of Management, Wiener described briefly the mathematical and...

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