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The definitions in this Web Dictionary of Cybernetics and Systems which are not marked (Krippendorff) or (Hornung) come from the Glossary on Cybernetics and Systems Theory, which was developed as a working document by the American Society for Cybernetics. This glossary was itself compiled using the different sources referenced below. The Glossary was developed under the supervision of Stuart Umpleby (umpleby @ and Jixuan Hu. The Glossary is also available as a single file through ftp.

Disclaimer: Copyright on these definitions remains with the original publishers or authors from whose work they are quoted (the name of the author is given in the definition; the exact references can be found at the end of this index). None of the people who helped produce this Glossary derives any income from it. It is produced merely as a service to the Cybernetics and Systems community. No parts of this Glossary should be further published, edited or sold without permission from the original copyright holders.


Ackoff, Russell. Redesigning the Future. Wiley, 1974.

Arbib, Michael A. Computers and the Cybernetic Society. Academic Press, l977.

Ashby, W.Ross. (edited by Roger C. Conant). Mechanisms of Intelligence. Intersystems, 1981.

Ashby, W. Ross. Design for a Brain. Second Edition, Chapman and Hall, l960.

Ashby, W. Ross. An Introduction to Cybernetics. Chapman and Hall, l956.

Beer, Stafford. Platform for Change. Wiley, 1975.

Bono, Edward. Wordpower: An Illustrated Dictionary of Vital Words. Harper Colophon Books, l977.

Buckley, W. (ed). Modern Systems Research for the Behavioral Scientist. Aldine, 1968.

Findeisen, W., A. Iastrebov, R. Lande, J. Lindsay, M. Pearson, E.S. Quade (eds.) A Sample Glossary of Systems Analysis. prepared for the Preliminary Version of the Handbook of Applied Systems Analysis, IIASA, 1978.

Gawthrop, Louis C. The Administrative Process and Democratic Theory. Houghton Mifflin, 1970.

Goodman, Paul. (B)

Hampden-Turner, Charles. Maps of the Mind. Macmillan, 1981.

Interrante, C.G. and F.J. Heymann (eds.). Standardization of Technical Terminology Principles and Practices. ASTM, 1916 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, 1983.

Lefebvre, Vladimir. Algebra of Conscience. Reidel, 1982.

Linstone, Harold and Murray Turoff (eds). The Delphi Method. Addison-Wesley, 1975.

Machol, Robert E. System Engineering Handbook. McGraw-Hill, 1965.

Maturana, Humberto and Francisco Varela. Autopoiesis and Cognition. Boston: Reidel, 1979.

Minsky, Marvin and Seymour Papert. Perceptrons. MIT Press, 1972.

Muller, A. (ed.) Lexikon der Kybernetic. Verlag Schnelle, Quickborn bei Hamburg, (available in English translation).

Pekelis, V. Cybernetics A to Z. Imported Publications Inc. 320 W. Ohio Street, Chicago, Il 60610, 312/787-9017.

Pool, Ithiel de Sola, et. al. Candidates, Issues and Strategies.

Prigogine, Ilya. From Being to Becoming. W.H. Freeman, 1980.

Prouty, Fletcher. The Secret Team. Ballantine Books, 1973.

Ralston, Anthony (ed.). Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering. Second Edition, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1984.

Riker, William. The Theory of Political Coalitions. Yale University Press, 1962.

Sears and Zemansky. University Physics. Second Edition. Addison-Wesley, 1955.

Shannon, Claude and Warren Weaver. The Mathematical Theory of Communication. University of Illinois Press, l948.

Simon, Herbert. The Shape of Automation. Harper, 1965.

Sippl, Charles J. Data Communications Dictionary. Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1984.

Von Bertalanffy, Ludwig. General System Theory. Braziller, 1968.

Von Foerster, Heinz. Observing Systems. Intersystems, 1981.

Von Foerster, et. al. (eds). Cybernetics of Cybernetics. Biological Computer Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1974.

Waddington, C.S. The Ethical Animal. University of Chicago Press, 1960.

Weidner, Richard T. and Robert L. Sells. Elementary Modern Physics. Allyn and Bacon, 1960.

Weik, Martin H. Communications Standard Dictionary. Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1984.

Wheeler, Harvey, Center Occasional Paper, Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, April l970.

Winograd, Terry and Fernando Flores. "A Response to the Reviews," Artificial Intelligence, Vol. 31, No. 2, February 1987, pp. 250-261.

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