### Dyson on Wiener

An interesting NYRB review has this passage in it:

To understand the history of cybernetics, it is important to understand that mathematical communication has two languages, which we call analog and digital. Analog communication describes the world in terms of continuously variable quantities such as electrical voltages and currents that can be directly measured. Digital communication describes the world in terms of zeros and ones, each zero or one representing a logical choice between two discrete alternatives. Analog communication is the language of analysis. Digital communication is the language of logic.

I knew that... but I'd never have said it as elegantly.

Posted by oook at July 13, 2005 10:34 AM