Volume 3 · Number 2 · Pages 115–116
Sowing Seeds: Heinz von Foerster’s Second Order Cybernetics and Complexity. Review of: Evelyne Andreewsky & Robert Delorme (eds.) (2006) Seconde cybernétique et complexité: Rencontres avec Heinz von Foerster

Frédéric Erpicum

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Summary: Because this book has something of the storytelling of cheerful meetings, von Foerster is made more accessible to the novice; however, it does not lose any of its intellectual sharpness. Henri Atlan and Edgar Morin, in particular, greatly influenced by von Foerster and quite famous in French-speaking countries, give a helping hand to those who wish to explore their work further from the perspective of von Foerster’s vision and thoughts. And Atlan and Morin take also the credit for the fact that von Foerster has become better known in the French-speaking community. Let us a hope the book will contribute to the further spread of von Foerster’s ideas.


Erpicum F. (2008) Sowing seeds: Heinz von Foerster’s second order cybernetics and complexity. Review of: Evelyne andreewsky & robert delorme (eds.) (2006) seconde cybernétique et complexité: Rencontres avec Heinz von Foerster. Constructivist Foundations 3(2): 115–116. http://constructivist.info/3/2/115

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