By Francis C. Moon

A revision of a pro textual content at the phenomena of chaotic vibrations in fluids and solids. significant adjustments replicate the most recent advancements during this fast-moving subject, the advent of difficulties to each bankruptcy, extra arithmetic and purposes, extra assurance of fractals, quite a few desktop and actual experiments. includes 8 pages of 4-color images.

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28. Kramer and Smit, Systems Thinking, p. v. 29. , pp. 1, 5–6; Peter Checkland, Systems Thinking, Systems Practice (New York: Wiley, 1981), pp. 6–7. 30. Miller is listed, along with Margaret Mead, as one of the founders of the society in General Systems, the yearbook of SGSR. Mead, however, was not involved in the initial efforts that led to the founding of the society, so her work is not discussed at length, although her involvement in the initial meetings of the society is addressed in Chapter 9.

Even among the founders of the SGSR there are significant differences in orientation. In discussing their work, I hope to clarify the relationship between the general-systems approach and the more technocratic orientation of such fields as systems engineering, systems analysis, and operations research. Although the countercultural movement of the 1960s contributed to disillusionment with “the system,” aspects of the countercultural perspective, represented in the work of such writers as Gregory Bateson, Fritjof Capra, Hazel Henderson, and Joanna Macy, draw heavily on the more holistic and ecological orientation of certain developments under the umbrella of systems thinking.

George Klir, whose work in the systems field has tended more toward the “hard,” quantitative approach, has identified five epistemological categories of systems, in more technical terms: (1) the experimental frame, or source system; (2) the given activity of variables; (3) the behavior system; (4) the state transitory system; and (5) the structure system. From Applied General Systems Research: Recent Developments and Trends (New York: Plenum Press, 1978). 26. See Hoos, Systems Analysis, p. 22, for an example of a mathematical definition of a system; and Margaret Wheatley, Leadership and the New Science (San Francisco: BerrettKoehler, 1992), for a discussion of the implications of quantum mechanics, chaos theory, and self-organization theory for management.