Dealing with Complexity: An Introduction to the Theory and Application of Systems Science
The text offers a framework for understanding the underlying theory of systems science to assist decision makers in resolving a wide range of real-world problems in their fields. Various approaches to problem solving in the natural and social sciences are described, including the systematic view model and model decomposition. The book also presents clear and coherent accounts of systems intervention, critical systems thinking, and quantification of systems science. Philosophical issues in systems science are comprehensively covered, with discussion on such topics as ontology, epistemology, and methodology.
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ORIGIN AND EVOLUTION
CHAPTER TWO SYSTEMS AND COMPLEXITY
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