Departmental Papers (ASC)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

1-1-2003

Publication Source

Cybernetics and Human Knowing

Volume

10

Issue

3-4

Start Page

195

Last Page

196

Abstract

On a cold day between Christmas and New Year 1961, in search of a place to study, I met Heinz in his office at the Biological Computer Laboratory. I knew of him through a network of designers who, like me, were interested in issues that conventional curricula did not address. Heinz greeted me, a total stranger, with the enthusiasm usually reserved for an old friend. To my surprise, he knew of the place where I had came from (the Ulm School of Design, an avant-garde institution now extinct but reproduced everywhere - much as cybernetics is now), and he suggested that I come to the University of Illinois to study with W. Ross Ashby. This short encounter enrolled me into cybernetics and defined my intellectual focus for years to come.

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Date Posted: 09 March 2012

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