January 21st, 2012

That Certain Ratio

I'm sure you have all come across this by now:

How (not) to communicate new scientific information: a memoir of the famous Brindley lecture
(must be safe for work, it's in a respectable journal) http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1464-410X.2005.05797.x/full

But, if you look at this you can find out more about Brindley

He is very much of a 'type', I feel. The fact that he was (indeed, may still be) a Marathon runner surprised me very little.

I was, however, surprised to see that he was a member of the Ratio Club, the British post-war group of scientists etc. that formed to discuss cybernetics, the most famous member being of course Alan Turing.

See also http://www.rutherfordjournal.org/article020101.html which has a photo titled 'W.Ross Ashby, Warren McCulloch, Grey Walter, and Norbert Wiener at a meeting in Paris. From Pierre de Latil La Pensée Artificielle (Gallimard 1953) '

I am thrilled beyond measure that Pierre de Latil's 'La Pensée Artificielle' (Gallimard 1953) exists.