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The science of synthesis : exploring the social implications of general systems theory

Author: Debora Hammond
Publisher: Boulder, Colo. : University Press of Colorado, 2010.
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Debora Hammond's The Science of Synthesis explores the development of general systems theory and the individuals who gathered together around that idea to form the Society for General Systems Research. In examining the life and work of the SGSR's five founding members-Ludwig von Bertalanffy, Kenneth Boulding, Ralph Gerard, James Grier Miller, and Anatol Rapoport-Hammond traces the emergence of systems ideas across a  Read more...
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Hammond, Debora, 1951-
Science of synthesis.
Boulder, Colo. : University Press of Colorado, 2010
(OCoLC)654303587
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Debora Hammond
ISBN: 9781607320708 1607320703 9781457109874 1457109875
OCLC Number: 773260208
Description: 1 online resource (xx, 313 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Prologue: The Quest for Peace in a Nuclear World --
Behavioral Sciences in Postwar America --
The Science of Life: Organization in Living Systems --
Engineering, Management, and the Military-Industrial Complex --
Cybernetics and Information Theory: Feedback and Homeostasis --
Ecology and Social Theory: Structure, Function, and Evolution --
Ludwig von Bertalanffy (1901-1972): General Systems Theory --
The Chicago Behavioral Science Committee --
Kenneth Boulding (1910-1993): Economics, Ecology, and Peace --
The Society for General Systems Research: Establishment and Development.
Responsibility: Debora Hammond.

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Debora Hammond's The Science of Synthesis explores the development of general systems theory and the individuals who gathered together around that idea to form the Society for General Systems Research. In examining the life and work of the SGSR's five founding members-Ludwig von Bertalanffy, Kenneth Boulding, Ralph Gerard, James Grier Miller, and Anatol Rapoport-Hammond traces the emergence of systems ideas across a broad range of disciplines in the mid-twentieth century. Both metaphor and framework, the systems concept as articulated by its earliest proponents highlights relationship and int.

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