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The author was a founder of cybernetics and formulated certain concepts of systems that are well regarded today. This book is intended to introduce the basics of cybernetics as a way to characterize machines not only by what they are, i.e., their nuts and bolts, but by what they might do, considered as a set of possibilities. The author uses simple algebra and short, carefully defined sentences to point out observable objects and events. He also expresses his concepts with clear block diagrams and flow charts. The book contains 14 chapters divided into three parts: Mechanisms, Variety, and Regulation and Control.