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General system theory : foundations, development, applications

Author: Ludwig von Bertalanffy
Publisher: New York : Braziller, 1980, ©1968.
Series: International library of systems theory and philosophy.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. edView all editions and formats
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Gathered here are Ludwig von Bertalanffy's writings on general systems theory, selected and edited to show the evolution of systems theory and to present it applications to problem solving.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ludwig von Bertalanffy
ISBN: 0807604526 9780807604526 0807604534 9780807604533
OCLC Number: 7407746
Description: xxiv, 295 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Systems everywhere ; On the history of systems theory ; Trends in systems theory --
The meaning of general system theory: The quest for a general system theory ; Aims of general system theory ; Closed and open systems, limitations of conventional physics ; Information and entropy ; Causality and teleology ; What is organization? ; General system theory and the unity of science ; General system theory in education, the production of scientific generalists ; Science and society ; The ultimate precept, man as the individual --
Some system concepts in elementary mathematical consideration: The system concept ; Growth ; Competition ; Wholeness, sum, mechanization, centralization ; Finality ; Types of finality ; Isomorphism in science ; The unity of science --
Advances in general system theory: Approaches and aims in systems science ; Methods in general systems research ; Advances of general system theory --
The organism considered as physical system: The organism as open system ; General characteristics of open chemical systems ; Equifinality ; Biological applications --
The model of open system: The living machine and its limitations ; Some characteristics of open systems ; Open systems in biology ; Open systems and cybernetics ; Unsolved problems ; Conclusion --
Some aspects of system theory in biology: Open systems and steady states ; Feedback and homeostasis ; Allometry and the surface rule ; Theory of animal growth ; Summary --
The system concept in the sciences of man: The organismic revolution ; The image of man in contemporary thought ; System-theoretical re-orientation ; Systems in the social sciences --
A system-theoretical concept of history --
The future in system-theoretical aspect --
General system theory in psychology and psychiatry: The quandary of modern psychology ; System concepts in psychopathology ; Conclusion --
The relativity of categories: The Whorfian hypothesis ; The biological relativity of categories ; The cultural relativity of categories ; The perspectivistic view ; Notes --
Appendix I: Notes on developments in mathematical system theory --
Appendix II: The meaning and unity of science.
Series Title: International library of systems theory and philosophy.
Responsibility: by Ludwig von Bertalanffy.

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