Wiener and the art of communication

D. Gabor (Late Professor of Applied Electron Physics, Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, UK)


ISSN: 0368-492X

Publication date: 1 December 1996


Published posthumously, presented in 1965 at the Wiener Memorial Meeting. Concerned with Norbert Wiener who, while rendering great services to engineering, always remained a pure mathematician. Considers that the principal achievement of Wiener is that he establishes the link between statistical phenomena and the arts of communication and control. Provides examples of Wiener’s method of treating random phenomena and considers it to be very characteristic of his approach to physical problems. Outlines much of Wiener’s works relating to communication and discusses what he believes to be even more important, his contribution to the art of communication. Looks at the relationship of Wiener’s work to Shannon’s, as it was then understood, and to their position in the whole vast field of information theory.



Gabor, D. (1996), "Wiener and the art of communication", Kybernetes, Vol. 25 No. 9, pp. 15-26.

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