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General Systems Theory

Ludwig von Bertalanffy

From the father of General Systems Theory, introducing major concepts and principles.

Review adapted from Amazon: Perhaps the best way to start this review is with Bertalanffy's own words: "Compared to the analytical procedure of classical science with resolution into component elements and one-way or linear causality as basic category, the investigation of organized wholes of many variables requires new catagories of interaction, transaction, organization, teleology…"

"These considerations lead to the postulate of a new scientific discipline which we call general system theory. It's subject matter is formulation of principles that are valid for "systems" in general, whatever the nature of the component elements and the relations or "forces" between them…

"General system theory, therefore, is a general science of wholeness"…

Wholeness is not new, the Chinese and Greeks had their own versions, but what Bertalanffy did is make it an authentic science.

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