By R. Felix Geyer, Johannes van der Zouwen (auth.), R. Felix Geyer, Johannes van der Zouwen (eds.)
The fifteen papers comprising this ebook have been selected out of the sixty-one contributions to the Symposium and part on Social platforms held within the context of the Fourth overseas Congress of Cybernetics and platforms (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 21-25 August, 1978). those papers, as sembled right here at the foundation in their topicality, intensity and originality, disguise a variety of difficulties, starting from 'Societies and Turing machines' to 'Dialectics and catastrophe'. an attractive array of issues is taken into account via authors from six nations. it's felt that those papers, a few of them thought-provoking and of serious advantage, will forged new gentle on social difficulties. even though the contributions ponder a wide selection of issues, the underlying pattern is clear mostly. Of specified worth is the dialogue of the relevance of cybernetics and platforms to a large spectrum of social difficulties. i feel the remedy and the technique followed via the participants benefit vast cognizance, in view that their contributions represent an considerable improve in a pretty novel box. 1. ROSE BLACKBURN (U.K.) may possibly, 1978 Acknowledgements to start with, we wish to thank the authors for his or her contributions to those volumes, usually produced lower than critical time strain. we're rather indebted to writer Hans van der Sluijs and table editor Judy Marcure for his or her useful cooperation in having either volumes edited and released on schedule.
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