for all of us who must daily cope with the Pitfalls, Foibles, and Failures
of the Systems that make up our Modern World.
GENERAL SYSTEMANTICS PRESS of Walker, Minnesota is proud to announce the revised and much enlarged THIRD Edition of SYSTEMANTICS, THE UNDERGROUND TEXT OF SYSTEMS LORE. Sixteen years in preparation, this THIRD Edition includes a new Preface, three new chapters, new AXIOMS, THEOREMS AND RULES OF THUMB, and many new Horrible Examples, for a total of 40 chapters covering the entire field from the PRIMAL SCENARIO to the FAIL-SAFE THEOREM and including the celebrated
definition of GARBAGE that is fundamental to any real understanding of SYSTEMANTICS.
The FIRST EDITION of SYSTEMANTICS was “highly recommended” by the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Science Books and Films and has since been translated into Spanish, German, Hebrew, and Japanese.
The SECOND EDITION WAS favorably reviewed in the Whole Earth Catalogue by Kevin Kelly: “The author is having fun with a serious subject. . . insights come in the form of marvelously succinct rules of thumb, in the spirit of Murphy’s Law and the Peter Principle.” And Computer Book Review remarks, “From ‘Function-and-Failure’ to ‘Management and Other Myths’, here’s a collection of witty observations. . . grown into mature rules of thumb.