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

Author: Debora Hammond
Publisher: Boulder : University Press of Colorado, ©2003.
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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 : University Press of Colorado, ©2003
(DLC) 2003001884
(OCoLC)51559039
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Debora Hammond
ISBN: 0870817973 9780870817977 9781457109874 1457109875 1280501278 9781280501272 6610501270 9786610501274
OCLC Number: 614718907
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 312 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Prologue: The quest for peace in a nuclear world --
1. The behavioral sciences in postwar America --
Part I: The sources of systems thinking --
2. The science of life: Organization in living systems --
3. Engineering management, and the military-industrial complex --
4. Cybernetics and information theory: Feedback and homeostasis --
5. Ecology and social theory: Structure, function, and evolution --
Part II: The founders of general systems research --
6. Ludwig von Bertalanffy (1901-1972): General systems theory --
7. The Chicago behavioral science committee --
Ralph Gerard (1900-1974) --
Anatol Rapoport (b.1911) --
James Grier Miller (b.1916) --
8. Kenneth Boulding (1910-1993): Economics, ecology, and peace --
Part III: Evolution and evaluation --
9. 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. A metaphor and a framework, the systems concept as articulated by its earliest proponents highlights relationship and interconnectedness among the biological, ecological, social, psychological, and technological dimensions of our increasingly complex lives. Seeking to transcend the reductionism and mechanism of classical science-which they saw as limited by its focus on the discrete, component parts of reality-the general systems community hoped to complement this analytic approach with a more holistic approach. As one of many systems traditions, the general systems group was specifically interested in fostering collaboration and integration between different disciplinary perspectives. The Science of Synthesis documents a unique episode in the history of modern thought, one that remains relevant today. This book will be of interest to historians of science, system theorists, and scholars in such fields as cybernetics and system dynamics.

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