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Constructing a Social Science for Postwar America: The Cybernetics Group, 1946-1953

  title={Constructing a Social Science for Postwar America: The Cybernetics Group, 1946-1953},
  author={Steve J. Heims},
In this sequel to his double biography of John von Neumann and Norbert Wiener, Steve Heims recounts another story in 20th-century intellectual history - a series of encounters that captured a moment of transformation in the human sciences. Focusing on the Macy Foundation conferences, which were designed to forge connections between wartime science and post-war social science, Heims's richly detailed account explores the dialogues that emerged among a remarkable group that included Wiener, von… Expand
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