Stewart Brand, editor of The Whole Earth Catalog, called the Tao Te Ching a cybernetic holy book. It is the second-most translated book in the world, and it deals with issues of communication, control, and complexity. I have read several translations, and found Ursula Le Guin's among the more poetic. Robert G. Henricks and D.C. Lau have also done wonderful versions of this classic.
Part 1 presents concepts, and in Part 2 the author discusses real world problems such as war, health care, education, and international development. Bar-Yam writes about "relating the nature of the problem to the nature of the solution, a kind of yin-yang complementarity." There are some annoying editorial boo-boos, but the book's practical approach makes deciphering those mistakes worthwhile.
Burke demonstrates interactive and serendipitous connections among ideas, events, people and innovations. The chapter on feedback systems hops from neural networks to computers that simulate the brain's workings to studies of the physiology of animal emotion. It is an entertaining, if somewhat chaotic journey.