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David P. Dillard
04-22-2002, 12:50 AM
One resource you could try for these definitions is

Web Dictionary of Cybernetics and Systems

This dictionary is a combination (with permission) of theASC Glossary,
Krippendorff's Dictionary andHornung's Glossary. The author of each
definition is mentioned at the end of a section. References to authors
without hyperlinks can be found in the references of the ASC Glossary
page. The original texts were compiled and converted to hypertext by
Francis Heylighen, helped by An Vranckx.

This dictionary is provided as part of Cybernetics and Systems Theory in
the Principia CyberneticaWeb, which contains additional definitions of
some concepts not found here. More general dictionaries, including a
Non-linearity and Complexity Glossary, an extensive Dictionary of
Computing terms, Mathematical Programming Glossary and Dictionary of Cell
Biology, are available elsewhere on the Web. Most of these, including the
present one, are searchable through a single interface: the OneLook

CYBERNETICS [Definition]

While this source defines some terms in bioscience, Biocybernetics is not
among them.

There is also a definiton of cybernetics in the Academic Press Dictionary
of Science and Technology at this URL

and NetLingo has a definition at this URL:

While the Open Directory Project has a collection of reference links for
Cybernetics at this URL:

With this Content of Hyperlinked Resources:

Top: Science: Technology: Cybernetics: Reference (11)

History and Biographies (4)

Concepts - An Overview of Key Concepts of Cybernetics with Contributions
provided by Readers.

Definitions - A Selection of the many Definitions for Cybernetics,
provided by the American Society for Cybernetics (ASC).

Introduction to Cybernetics - A Classic Book by W. Ross Ashby (Chapman &
Hall, London, 1956). Acrobat PDF Format.

Perspectives - In anticipation of the 1997 ASC Conference a number of
perspectives on cybernetics were solicited for the website.

Stafford Beer and Team Syntegrity - An overview "portrait" of
cybernetician Beer and his invention of Team Syntegrity.

Web Dictionary of Cybernetics and Systems - Online Dictionary for
Cybernetics, Systems Science and Communication, a combination of theASC

Glossary, Krippendorff's Dictionary and Hornung's Glossary.
What is Cybernetics? - A Definition by Paul Pangaro.


The Academic Press Dictionary of Science and Technology provides a
definition of biocybernetics at this URL:

There is also a brief definition of biocybernetics at this URL:

This page on Cybernetics may also be useful:

Controlling and steering mechanisms

I hope that these resources will prove useful to the original poster and
to other members of this group as well.

David Dillard
Temple University
(215) 204 - 4584


Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2002 11:40:48 +0200
From: Rasha Masoud
Subject: [BIOMCH-L]

Hi, I am Rasha Massoud, I am studying Biomedical engineering at Damascus University in Syria.
Does anybody know a good definition for CYBERNETICS and BIO-CYBERNETICS?
Rasha Massoud

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