Innovation in Science—the Case of Cybernetics in the Soviet Union

  title={Innovation in Science—the Case of Cybernetics in the Soviet Union},
  author={David Holloway},
  journal={Social Studies of Science},
  pages={299 - 337}
  • D. Holloway
  • Published 1 October 1974
  • Art
  • Social Studies of Science
Cybernetics is one of the notable cases in which the growth of scientific knowledge has appeared to come into conflict with political authority in the Soviet Union. Although it is now a prominent area of research and discussion in the Soviet Union, cybernetics was condemned in the Soviet press in the early 1950S as a reactionary pseudoscience. The public reception given to it was uniformly hostile. The chief attack, which appeared in 1953 under the title 'Whom Cybernetics Serves', declared that… 

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