II Systems Science

Applied General Systems Research

Recent Developments and Trends

Editors: Klir, G. (Ed.)

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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.

Table of contents (47 chapters)

  • Progress in General Systems Research

    Gaines, Brian R.

    Pages 3-28

  • Linkage Propositions between Fifty Principal Systems Concepts

    Troncale, L. Raphael

    Pages 29-52

  • A Problem-Solving Basis for General Systems Research

    Cavallo, Roger (et al.)

    Pages 53-59

  • Systems Theoretic Description: A Vehicle for Reconciling Diverse Modelling Concepts

    Zeigler, Bernard P.

    Pages 61-75

  • On Being Autonomous: The Lessons of Natural History for Systems Theory

    Varela, Francisco J.

    Pages 77-84

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Applied General Systems Research
Book Subtitle
Recent Developments and Trends
Editors
  • G. Klir
Series Title
II Systems Science
Series Volume
5
Copyright
1978
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4757-0555-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4757-0555-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4757-0557-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 1001
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