Understanding Complexity / Edition 1by Gillian Ragsdell
Pub. Date: 08/31/2001
Publisher: Springer US
This book is a commemorative volume of the World Congress of Systems S cience and ISSS, Toronto, Canada, and includes written summaries of th e specially featured Keynote, plenary, and symposia presentations from a unique gathering of many of the leaders of the systems science move ment. These distinguished contributors address the common theme of com plexity, and
This book is a commemorative volume of the World Congress of Systems S cience and ISSS, Toronto, Canada, and includes written summaries of th e specially featured Keynote, plenary, and symposia presentations from a unique gathering of many of the leaders of the systems science move ment. These distinguished contributors address the common theme of com plexity, and the management of complex systems, from the perspective o f many different disciplines.
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Table of ContentsSection One: Theories for Complex Systems. The Systemic View of the World: The INTEGRAL Logo of General Systems Research; A. Rapoport. Systems Science Fundamental Principles; J.R. Simms. A Cosmological Imperative: Emergence of Information, Complexity and Life; E.J. Chaisson. The Co-Creation Hypothesis; H. Sabelli. What is Infodynamics? S. Salthe. Section Two: Emerging Foci on Systems Research and Practice. The History on Sociocybernetics, RC51, of the International Sociological Association; R. Lee. Systems Practice at the United Kingdom's Open University; R.L. Ison. The WOSC and some Views about Cybernetics; R. Vallée. Presentation of Wiener Gold Medal to Dr. Candace Pert; S. Beer. Section Three: Human Systems in the 21st Century. On Misdirected Systems; R.L. Ackoff, J. Pourdehnad. The Complexity of Performance and the Instruments of Mastery; P.C. Wohlmuth. Understanding Imperfection; M. Zwick. Engaging with Transient Complexity in Development Projects; J. Friend. Meaning Networks and Verbal Communication: A Semiotic Perspective of Human Discourse; M. Danesi. Can Religion be Reconciled with Science? J.F. Haught. Section Four: The Challenge of Sustainability. The Bridge to Humanity's Future; W.R. Fey, A.C.W. Lam. Energy, Hierarchy and Money; H.T. Odum. Capitalism in the New Millennium: The Challenge of Sustainability; B. Shireman. Section Five: The Art and Science of Forecasting in the Age of Global Warming. Technological Forecasting and Assessment Tools: The Changing Scene; H.A. Linstone. Forecasting the Innovation of Complex Technologies; D.E. Kash, R. Rycroft. Making Technology Foresight(and Systems Studies?) Useful; A.L. Porter. Section Six: Y2K. Why the Century Date Change Occurred So Smoothly; S.A. Umpleby. Implications for the Security of the International Information Infrastructure; O. Bosch. Y2K &endash; 'Ten Months After': Two 'Double Binds' and a 'Double Blindness'; K.H. Müller. Section Seven: The Future of Systems Science. The Future of the Natural Systems Sciences; L.R. Troncale. Systems Thinking and the Social Sciences; M.C. Jackson. Systems Thinking for the 21st Century; G. Midgley. OR 2000: Challenges and Prescriptions for the New Millennium; S.C. Holmberg. Section Eight: ISSS Presidential Addresses. The Systems Movement and ISSS in the New Millennium; G.A. Swanson. The Systems Sciences in the Year 3000; P.A. Corning. Continuing the Traditions of ISSS &endash; Systems Science in the Service of Humanity; H. Nelson. Index.
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