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General System Theory [Paperback]

Ludwig von Bertalanffy
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May 25 2000 Penguin University Books
An attempt to formulate common laws that apply to virtually every scientific field, this conceptual approach has had a profound impact on such widely diverse disciplines as biology, economics, psychology, and demography.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Of historical interest Jan. 13 2001
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Somewhat outdated, rehashed and self aggrandizing. More historical than cutting edge. You can do better!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The system behind the system, are you aware of? Nov. 1 2002
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A very important body of knowledge for anyone.
Have you ever said "the current system is wrong" but never known a definitive answer?
This book lays a base for understanding the system behind the system.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new way of looking at how things work together Oct. 30 1999
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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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GST is certainly the best intent we have to transcend the mechanistic worldview from the point of view of the new science. And there is just one way to transcend that framework and it just by positing a new sphere to manage complexity: the sphere of life.Teilhard, Bergson, Bertanffy were "biologists" but also philosophers, great philosophers and this is probably why today the Science of Complexity is looking at Life, and why the new thinkers are more and more aware that if we want to understand organizations, human organizations, we must first understand life. So we find a clear turn in books about complexity and administration trying to learn from the lesson of life...this is the only way to enter the age of adaptation as Thomas Petzinger calls it. Our time owes to GST a great deal, and as so, GST stands as a monument to that whole movement toward the global nature of our civilization of the same kind of The Phenomenon of Man and Creative Evolution.
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General System theory is the main point of life. This approach teaches us the
real dynamics of world.As a manager, you can lead your organization with zero deficit.
As an engineer, you can produce a rational products.
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