About the Author

Mihai Nadin has authored over 35 books, both non-fiction and fiction, some translated into Spanish, German, French, Romanian, Korean, and Arabic. His book, The Civilization of Illiteracy (praised by E.D. Hirsch and Umberto Eco among others) is focused on what makes the change from a civilization dominated by literacy to a new civilization, of many literacies involved in unprecedented forms of human activity. Nadin experienced several political and cultural environments: communism in his native Romania; Germany’s social capitalism; and America’s multi-cultural, capitalist democracy. He was shaped in science as well as in the humanities and contributed well respected original ideas. This gives the author a unique perspective from which he articulated a provocative world view. Nadin is currently an endowed professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he directs the Institute for Research in Anticipatory Systems. (See also www.nadin.ws)

What Others Say

“the work transcends McLuhan in the breadth of its learning and the depth of its analysis. Clearly Nadin is a master scholar who has scarcely a peer in his field.”
E.D. Hirsch, Jr. (author of Cultural Literacy)

“…not one among the usual lamentations about the decline of literacy […] we literate ones will discover many things we did not know.”
Umberto Eco (international author known for his works on semiotics and successful novels)

About Civilization of Illiteracy: “It is an extraordinary book!”
Mercedes Vilanova (Professor of Contemporary History, University of Barcelona)

“Nadin has brought the analytical eye and imaginative vision of an inquiring mind to a web of interconnected essays on social, cultural, and technological change.”
Jay Lemke (Senior Research Scientist and adjunct Professor of Communication at the University of California, San Diego, in the Laboratory for Comparative Human Cognition)

“Nadin is the epitome of the Third Culture Man”
Frieder Nake (Professor of Computer Science, University of Bremen)

“Nadin is a genuine polyhistor who seems to be at home in every branch of the natural and social sciences, as well as the humanities.”
Victor Terras (Professor Emeritus, Brown University)

“Every decade or so, the academic world proclaims a breakthrough that will profoundly change the way we understand some important aspect of life. The work of Mihai Nadin has been central to many of these developments.”
Philip L. Smith (Professor, Philosophy of Education, Ohio State University)

“The predictive power (not to mention the sheer intellectual flair) of Nadin’s work suggests a simple heuristic: Read what he writes next.”
Jeffrey V. Nickerson (Center for Decision Technology, Stevens Institute of Technology)

“Two thousand years of learned discussions amongst the best minds has created a wall so dense and so high that it is difficult to see through or over it. Mihai Nadin has cut a few windows into this wall so that we can see with delight, amazement, and with new eyes this old question of being alive.”
Heinz von Foesrster (renown cybernetician, considered one of the architects of Cybernetics)

“Computer scientist, engineer, philosopher, art critic, semiotician, social commentator—Nadin proves to be so much more than I and his colleagues believe.”
Solomon Marcus (internationally renown mathematician; member of the Romanian Academy)

Other Publications

Anticipation-The End Is Where We Start From
The Civilization of Illiteracy
MIND-Anticipation and Chaos