Obituary: Heinz Von Foerster
Scott, Bernard, The Independent (London, England)
Cybernetician who expanded the range of his discipline and set out to `explain the observer to himself'
AS A young Austrian physicist in the post-war years, with little English and on the strength of an original thesis he had set out in a paper entitled "Memory: a quantum physical examination", Heinz von Foerster decided to visit the United States. There he was taken under the wing of the psychiatrist, logician and neurologist Warren McCulloch, one of the extraordinary visionary polymaths who founded the discipline that came to be known as cybernetics (from the Greek kybernetes, steersman).
McCulloch chaired a series of interdisciplinary conferences for the Macy …
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