Bertalanffy's selected writings on his theory of lawsapplicable to virtually every scientific field. This conceptual approach hashad a profound impact on biology, economics, psychology, and demography, withnew relevancies today. The new foreword by University of Vienna system theory professor, Wolfgang Hofkirchner, and Centre for Systems Philosophy director, David Rousseau, discusses the theory's contemporary applications. … (more)
Bertalanffy's selected writings on his theory of lawsapplicable to virtually every scientific field. This conceptual approach hashad a profound impact on biology, economics, psychology, and demography, withnew relevancies today. The new foreword by University of Vienna system theory professor, Wolfgang Hofkirchner, and Centre for Systems Philosophy director, David Rousseau, discusses the theory's contemporary applications.
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1 Introduction - Systems Everywhere - On the History of Systems Theory - Trends in Systems Theory
2 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
3 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
4 Advances in General System Theory - Approaches and Aims in Systems Science - Methods in General Systems Research - Advances of General System Theory
5 The Organism Considered as Physical System - The Organism as Open System - General Characteristics of Open Chemical Systems - Equifinality - Biological Applications
6 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
7 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
8 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
9 General System Theory in Psychology and Psychiatry - The Quandary of Modern Psychology - System Concepts in Psychopathology - Conclusion
10 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