Facets of Systems Science

  • George J. Klir

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Systems Science A Guided Tour

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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      Pages 163-190
  3. Classical Systems Literature

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-212
    2. Robert Rosen
      Pages 213-215
    3. Ernst von Glasersfeld
      Pages 229-238
    4. Kenneth E. Boulding
      Pages 239-248
    5. W. Ross Ashby
      Pages 249-257
    6. Peter B. Checkland
      Pages 259-268
    7. Gregory Bateson
      Pages 285-292
    8. Joseph A. Goguen, Francisco J. Varela
      Pages 293-302
    9. Robert Rosen
      Pages 303-307
    10. L. A. Zadeh
      Pages 309-323
    11. Russell L. Ackoff
      Pages 325-335
    12. Brian R. Gaines
      Pages 355-376
    13. Andrew G. Barto
      Pages 377-396
    14. Roger C. Conant
      Pages 419-448
    15. Warren Weaver
      Pages 449-456
    16. Herbert A. Simon
      Pages 457-476
    17. Robert Rosen
      Pages 477-482
    18. Ilya Prigogine
      Pages 483-492
    19. Robert Rosen
      Pages 493-500
    20. W. Ross Ashby
      Pages 507-510
    21. Roger C. Conant, W. Ross Ashby
      Pages 511-519
    22. W. Ross Ashby
      Pages 521-536
    23. F. G. Varela, H. R. Maturana, R. Uribe
      Pages 559-569
    24. W. Ross Ashby
      Pages 571-577
    25. Kenneth E. Boulding
      Pages 621-629
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 651-664

About this book


This book has a rather strange history. It began in Spring 1989, thirteen years after our Systems Science Department at SUNY -Binghamton was established, when I was asked by a group of students in our doctoral program to have a meeting with them. The spokesman of the group, Cliff Joslyn, opened our meeting by stating its purpose. I can closely paraphrase what he said: "We called this meeting to discuss with you, as Chairman of the Department, a fundamental problem with our systems science curriculum. In general, we consider it a good curriculum: we learn a lot of concepts, principles, and methodological tools, mathematical, computational, heuristic, which are fundamental to understanding and dealing with systems. And, yet, we learn virtually nothing about systems science itself. What is systems science? What are its historical roots? What are its aims? Where does it stand and where is it likely to go? These are pressing questions to us. After all, aren't we supposed to carry the systems science flag after we graduate from this program? We feel that a broad introductory course to systems science is urgently needed in the curriculum. Do you agree with this assessment?" The answer was obvious and, yet, not easy to give: "I agree, of course, but I do not see how the situation could be alleviated in the foreseeable future.


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Authors and affiliations

  • George J. Klir
    • 1
  1. 1.State University of New York at BinghamtonBinghamtonUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-0720-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-0718-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1574-0463
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