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Cybernetics in the UK

With Thanks To: Martin Smith at the Cybernetics Society

Founded in 1968, the Cybernetics Society promotes the understanding of cybernetics and related subjects. It is also a professional body that encourages the professional development of its members.

The Cybernetics Society is the UK national learned society and professional body promoting pure and applied cybernetics.

It holds scientifc meetings, conferences and social events, and engages in other activities to encourage public understanding of science and to extend and disseminate knowledge of cybernetics and its associated disciplines. In particular, it aims to support the continuing professional development of its members.

Legally speaking, the Society is established for the purpose of promoting science — in particular the advancement and diffusion of a knowledge of cybernetics pure and applied — and especially promoting the efficiency and usefulness of members of the Society by setting up a high standard of professional education and knowledge.

The Society is registered with the Financial Services Authority. For further information about the FSA, visit its website at www.fsa.gov.uk.

The Society was founded at King’s College London in 1968. Its annual conferences and monthly scientific meetings for members within reach of London have usually been held at King’s College ever since. It was reconstructed and enlarged in September 1973, and first registered as a Specially Authorised Society under the Friendly Societies Act 1974 on 25 June 1976. Under the same Act a new constitution for the Society, adopted by a special general meeting of members on 29 January 2002, was registered by the Financial Services Authority on 14 February 2002.

The Cybernetics Society is one of the 35 societies or institutions affiliated to the World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics (WOSC). For more information visit its website at www.cybsoc.org/wosc.

The Society has a close relationship with Kybernetes — The International Journal of Systems and Cybernetics, which is the official journal of WOSC. Papers presented to our scientific meetings and conferences can be assessed by Kybernetes editors for publication in this prestigious peer-review journal. Both traditional paper format subscriptions and personal electronic subscriptions are available. For more information visit the Kybernetes website at www.emeraldinsight.com/kyb.htm.

About the Society's website
The fractal image used in the Society’s house style represents part of the Mandelbrot set. This appropriately represents cybernetics because it is generated by an iterative program analogous to a feedback process, which can either be stable (in the set) or run away to infinity (not in the set). If the image is displayed at greater and greater magnifications, all of them yield similar patterns, but each is slightly different — just like the real world when viewed cybernetically.

 
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