## General system theory: foundations, development, applications |

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In graph theory hierarchic order is

of hierarchies can be represented in this way. But the problem is much broader

and deeper: The question of hierarchic order is intimately connected with those ...

In graph theory hierarchic order is

**expressed**by the "tree," and relational aspectsof hierarchies can be represented in this way. But the problem is much broader

and deeper: The question of hierarchic order is intimately connected with those ...

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In case the system approaches a stationary state, its variation can be

not only in terms of the actual conditions but also in terms of the distance from the

stationary state. If Q,* are the solutions for the stationary state, new variables: ...

In case the system approaches a stationary state, its variation can be

**expressed**not only in terms of the actual conditions but also in terms of the distance from the

stationary state. If Q,* are the solutions for the stationary state, new variables: ...

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The structure of reality is such as to permit the application of our conceptual

constructs. We realize, however, that all scientific laws merely represent

abstractions and idealizations

science means a ...

The structure of reality is such as to permit the application of our conceptual

constructs. We realize, however, that all scientific laws merely represent

abstractions and idealizations

**expressing**certain aspects of reality. Everyscience means a ...

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### Contents

Introduction | 3 |

The Meaning of General System Theory | 30 |

Some System Concepts in Elementary Mathematical | 54 |

Copyright | |

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