Understanding Complexity / Edition 1

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This book is a commemorative volume of the World Congress of Systems Science and ISSS, Toronto, Canada, and includes written summaries of the specially featured Keynote, plenary, and symposia presentations from a unique gathering of many of the leaders of the systems science movement. These distinguished contributors address the common theme of complexity, and the management of complex systems, from the perspective of many different disciplines.
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"This book is a condensation of the plenary sessions at the World Congress of the Systems Sciences … . The most intriguing feature, however, is that practically all the contributions transcend the narrow disciplinary outlook. As they all have a common framework, it is easy for the reader to connect them. Thereby, new links can be established, and that is surely what innovation is all about. This unique feature makes Understanding Complexity a potentially rich and … invaluable resource for the future of science." (Markus Schwaninger, System Dynamics Review, Vol. 21 (3), 2005)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306465864
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 8/31/2001
  • Edition description: 2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

The Systemic View of the World: The [actual symbol not reproducible] Logo of General Systems Research 3
Systems Science Fundamental Principles 7
A Cosmological Imperative: Emergence of Information, Complexity and Life 15
The Co-Creation Hypothesis 19
What is Infodynamics? 31
The History on Sociocybernetics, RC51, of the International Sociological Association 41
Systems Practice at the United Kingdom's Open University 45
The WOSC and some Views about Cybernetics 55
Presentation of Wiener Gold Medal to Dr. Candace Pert 59
On Misdirected Systems 65
The Complexity of Performance and the Instruments of Mastery 75
Understanding Imperfection 83
Engaging with Transient Complexity in Development Projects 91
Meaning Networks and Verbal Communication: A Semiotic Perspective of Human Discourse 103
Can Religion be Reconciled with Science? 119
The Bridge to Humanity's Future 127
Energy, Hierarchy and Money 139
Capitalism in the New Millennium: The Challenge of Sustainability 149
Technological Forecasting and Assessment Tools: The Changing Scene 157
Forecasting the Innovation of Complex Technologies 165
Making Technology Foresight (and Systems Studies?) Useful 173
Why the Century Date Change Occurred So Smoothly 183
Implications for the Security of the International Information Infrastructure 191
Y2K - "Ten Months After": Two "Double Binds" and a "Double Blindness" 201
The Future of the Natural Systems Sciences 219
Systems Thinking and the Social Sciences 239
Systems Thinking for the 21st Century 249
OR 2000: Challenges and Prescriptions for the New Millennium 257
The Systems Movement and ISSS in the New Millennium 271
The Systems Sciences in the Year 3000 277
Continuing the Traditions of ISSS - Systems Science in the Service of Humanity 283
Index 289
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