Cybernetics or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine by Norbert Wiener. (1948)
First edition of the first book to discuss electronic computing (preceded only by a few technical reports). Wiener was a professor of Mathematics at MIT. “The revolutionary aspect of this work can hardly be underestimated.” (Origins of Cyberspace).
I find it incredibly fascinating to think about how the first discussions on electronic computing was disseminated by printing on large sheets of paper, cutting and binding them, selling rights to print a separate editions in other countries, boxing, shipping across the roads to bookstores and libraries, where they were unpacked and sold or lent to customers.
Inside these pages were seeds that took 60 years to sprout into devices we can carry in our pockets and let us with the touch of a screen and tap of an icon read, listen, or watch nearly all the works of man back to images of artwork in caves deep in France (I’m sure there is an app for that). With this efficient, faster and infinitely more powerful way to distribute information I can only imagine with awe what we will develop in the next 60 years.