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Systems theory

A method of describing a complex structure introduced by Ludwig von Bertalanffy in the 1940s that relates the interaction of individual components of the structure to the functioning of the structure as a whole.
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Applied General Systems Theory. Harper and Row: New York.
The meaning of general systems theory. In General systems theory: Foundations, development, applications (pp.
represent significant extensions of general systems theory. They enable
Software engineering design methodologies and general systems theory. International Journal of General Systems 24: 43-94.
Dillon, Foundations of General Systems Theory. Intersystems Publications, Seaside, California (1982).
The Science of Synthesis: Exploring the Social Implications of General Systems Theory. University Press of Colorado: Boulder.
An Approach to General Systems Theory. Nostrand: New York.
Sometime ago, a good friend of mine, a retired electrical engineer, much interested in robotics and in 'artificial intelligent systems', his personal Holy Grail, told me: 'I really wonder about the usefulness of General Systems Theory. It is not offering any solution to any real problem'.
Uncommon Sense: The Life and Thought of Ludwig von Bertalanffy, Father of General Systems Theory. F.
But his real love was general systems theory. He would often say in his talks how wonderful it was that God divided up the world in such convenient parts so it could be represented by the various conventional natural science disciplines.
Miller's approach incorporated insights from both cybernetics and general systems theory, integrating the mechanical orientation of cybernetics with the organic and hierarchical orientation of general systems theory. Miller described living systems as 'open, self-organizing systems', with 'the ability to maintain, for a significant period, a steady state in which the entropy ...
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