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Norbert Wiener

Mathematician (26-Nov-1894 — 18-Mar-1964)


Felix E. Browder. Norbert Wiener, 1894-1964. Providence, RI: American Mathematical Society. 1966. 145pp.

Jim Siegelman, Flo Conway. Dark Hero of the Information Age: In Search of Norbert Wiener, Father of Cybernetics. Jackson, TN: Basic Books. 2005. 423pp.

Steve J. Heims. John von Neumann and Norbert Wiener: From Mathematics to the Technologies of Life and Death. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 1980. 547pp.

Pesi R. Masani. Norbert Wiener 1894-1964. Berlin: Birkhäuser. 1990. 416pp.

Leone Montagnini. Le armonie del disordine: Norbert Wiener matematico-filosofo del Novecento. Venice, Italy: Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti. 2005. 314pp. Language: Italian.

Norbert Wiener. Ex-Prodigy: My Childhood And Youth. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 1953. 309pp.

Norbert Wiener. I Am a Mathematician: The Later Life of a Prodigy. New York: Doubleday. 1956. 380pp.


  1. In 1949, He Imagined an Age of Robots
    by John Markoff. The New York Times, 20-May-2013.


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