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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Conceptual and Methodological Foundations of General Systems Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Brian R. Gaines
      Pages 3-28
    3. Roger Cavallo, George J. Klir
      Pages 53-59
    4. Lars Löfgren
      Pages 85-90
    5. Anna S. Zalecka-Melamed, Bernard P. Zeigler
      Pages 133-146
    6. Spyros Makridakis
      Pages 187-207
    7. Janet A. Fertig, Ricardo N. Zapata
      Pages 209-224
    8. Wyllis Bandler
      Pages 243-255
    9. Susanna Ginali, Joseph Goguen
      Pages 257-270
    10. E. S. Bainbridge
      Pages 271-288
    11. Hans J. Zimmermann
      Pages 303-312
    12. Ronald R. Yager
      Pages 313-320
    13. Lise Lafrenière, Claude Vallet, Thiébaut Moulin, Hervé Le Guyader, André Bouhou
      Pages 321-336
    14. G. E. Lasker
      Pages 337-345
    15. Heino Apel, Werner Fassing, Werner Meissner
      Pages 347-359
    16. P. M. Salzberg
      Pages 361-370
    17. P. M. Salzberg, P. Seibert
      Pages 371-379
    18. Tommaso Toffoli
      Pages 395-400
    19. Charles François, Alexander Piscitelli
      Pages 411-417
    20. Miroslav Valach
      Pages 419-434
  3. Advances of General Systems Research in Biological Sciences

About this book

Introduction

This volume consists of a selection of papers presented at the International Conference on Applied General Systems Research: Recent Developments and Trends which was held on the campus of the State University of New York at Binghamton in August 15-19, 1977, under the sponsorship of the Special Panel on Systems Science of the NATO Scientific Affairs Division. General systems research is a fairly new field which has been developing in the course of the last two or three decades. In my op~n10n, it can be best described as a movement which involves the study of all structural and context independent aspects of problem solving. As such, it is cross-disciplinary in nature and, in this sense, it might seem similar to mathematics. There is a consid­ erable difference, however, between the two. While pure mathe­ matics is basically oriented to the development of various axiomatic theories, regardless of whether or not they have any real world meaning, applied mathematics explores the applicability of some of these theories as potentially useful methodological tools in various problem areas. General systems research, in contrast with applied mathematics, is problem oriented rather than tool oriented. As such, it tries to develop genuine methods for solving systems problems, i. e. , structural type and context in­ dependent problems. The term "genuine method" is used here to refer to a method which adjusts to the problem rather than re­ quiring that the problem be adjusted to make the method applicable.

Keywords

applied mathematics design development evolution mathematics nature problem solving research systems engineering

Editors and affiliations

  • George J. Klir
    • 1
  1. 1.State University of New YorkBinghamtonUSA

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