General Systems Theory: Problems, Perspectives, Practice (Google eBook)

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World Scientific, Jan 1, 2005 - Science - 524 pages
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Systems theorists see common principles in the structure and operation of systems of all kinds and sizes. They promote an interdisciplinary science adapted for a universal application with a common language and area of concepts. In order to solve problems, make recommendations and predict the future, they use theories, models and concepts from the vast area of general systems theory. This approach is chosen as a means to overcome the fragmentation of knowledge and the isolation of the specialist but also to find new approaches to problems created by earlier 'solution of problems.' This revised and updated second edition of General Systems Theory -- Ideas and Applications includes new systems theories and a new chapter on self-organization and evolution. The book summarizes most of the fields of systems theory and its application systems science in one volume. It provides a quick and readable reference guide for future learning containing both general theories and practical applications
  

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A textbook for my systems architecture class and wow boring! This book is very dry and full of big words that made it very difficult to understand. Definitely not for a beginner. Read full review

Contents

The Emergence of Holistic Thinking
3
Basic Ideas of General Systems Theory
49
A Selection of Systems Theories
110
Communication and Information Theory
204
Some Theories of Brain and Mind
256
SelfOrganization and Evolution
294
Artificial Intelligence and Life
319
Organizational Theory and Management Cybernetics
352
DecisionMaking and Decision Aids
390
Informatics
430
Some of the Systems Methodologies
457
The Future of Systems Theory
485
References
505
Name Index
513
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