Table of contents

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

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. George J. Klir
      Pages 3-7
    3. George J. Klir
      Pages 9-17
    4. George J. Klir
      Pages 19-39
    5. George J. Klir
      Pages 41-69
    6. George J. Klir
      Pages 71-86
    7. George J. Klir
      Pages 87-99
    8. George J. Klir
      Pages 101-111
    9. George J. Klir
      Pages 113-134
    10. George J. Klir
      Pages 135-142
    11. George J. Klir
      Pages 143-161
    12. George J. Klir
      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

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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