General Systems Theory as a New Discipline

  • W. Ross Ashby
Part of the International Federation for Systems Research International Series on Systems Science and Engineering book series (IFSR, volume 7)


The emergence of general system theory is symptomatic of a new movement that has been developing in science during the past decade: Science is at last giving serious attention to systems that are intrinsically complex. This statement may seem somewhat surprising. Are not chemical molecules complex? Is not the living organism complex? And has not science studied them from its earliest days? Let me explain what I mean.


Conceivable System Simple Addition Finite Resource Internal Connection General System Theory 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991

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