Volume 3 · Number 1 · Pages 53–54
Blunting the Edge of Second-Order Cybernetics: The Heritage of Heinz von Foerster. Review of “An Unfinished Revolution?” edited by Albert Müller & Karl H. Müller

Stefano Franchi

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Summary: The aim of this collection is to provide a two-fold access to von Foerster’s legacy and his work at the Biological Computer Laboratory, the institution he founded and directed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1958 to 1976. It represents a precious contribution for the understanding of BCL, a crucial but still not properly understood chapter in the history of cybernetics and, more generally, of cognitive science. It is greatly recommended.


Franchi S. (2007) Blunting the edge of second-order cybernetics: The heritage of Heinz von Foerster. Review of “an unfinished revolution?” edited by albert müller & karl h. Müller. Constructivist Foundations 3(1): 53–54. http://constructivist.info/3/1/053

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