Cybernetics

With a Daughter's Eye: A Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson

By Mary Catherine Bateson

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The author's parents attended conferences with the pioneers of cybernetics, the science of communication and control in animals and machines. Her father focused on the biological implications of the science, and let others work on "electronic brains." Ms. Bateson learned a lot from her folks about human nature. This is a wonderful memoir. I also recommend her other books, as well as one her father wrote, Mind and Nature: A Necessary Unity, for more about the complex organism, Homo sapiens.
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Complexity: A Guided Tour

By Melanie Mitchell

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This is a scholarly but highly readable trip through chaos theory, cellular automata, and networks. Several reviewers praise it as a very good introduction to the field of complexity.
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