International Encyclopedia of Systems and Cybernetics
Ed. by François, Charles
Aims and Scope
The second edition of the International Encyclopaedia of Systems and Cybernetics provides, once again, a complete overview of the state of Cybernetics and its development since its beginnings more then fifty years ago. Many of the events around the worldwide during recent years can be better understood by applying instruments belonging to system theory and cybernetics. Thus, the function of neural networks – as a model of the interaction of many single elements in one coherent action – can be applied to other social interactions and communication schemes: from the building of insect states, to the spreading of epidemics or the course of a stock market crash. This Encyclopaedia contains the widely known basic concept as well as detailed information on many sections of the field. Most of this knowledge resulted from hundreds of lectures given at international und national congresses, and is made easily accessible to a broad public as well as to the majority of scientists for the first time here. The work contains almost 4,000 entries in alphabetical order with numerous citations by hundreds of authors. Over 1,500 special references to and details of societies for Cybernetics around the world, and leading professional journals complete this presentation. Above all, the number of references in French, Italian, German and many other languages has risen considerably compared with the first edition. The International Encyclopaedia of Systems and Cybernetics is an essential aid for scientists, librarians and students in many fields: e.g. philosophy, economics, ecology, history, politology, sociology and communication science. With its broad scientific approach, this work can make a significant contribution to the improvement of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary exchange. Equally, this encyclopaedia will be of interest to executives working in business, politics and society. About the author: Charles François was born in 1922 and worked for the Belgian Foreign Office until 1987. From 1945 to 1960 he lived in Central Africa, first as an administration official, later as an independent entrepreneur. He first became acquainted with Cybernetics in 1952 through Wiener’s seminal work published in 1948. In 1958 Charles François became a member of the then Society for General Systems Research (today the ISSS). He was, and in some cases still is, a board member of many societies of Cybernetics as well as being coeditor of the four leading professional journals in the field and author of many books and essays. Since 1963 Charles François has lived in Argentina, where he founded the Argentine National Division of the ISSS in 1976, of which he is honorary president.
"Is this new edition an improvement? The answer must be an emphatic yes. The first edition was magnificent..." (Cybernetics & Human Knowing, Exeter UK, Nr.1-2, 2005) "... highly recommended encyclopedia by Francois'! All municipal and education/training-related libraries must have a copy!" (Journal of Documentation, West Yorkshire, Nr. 5, 2005) "...this very valuable work" (Kybernetes, Bradford, Nr. 1+2, 2006)