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

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History of science attests that expression in ordinary language often preceded

mathematical

mind: the evolution from counting in words to Roman numerals (a semiverbal, ...

History of science attests that expression in ordinary language often preceded

mathematical

**formulation**, i.e., invention of an algorithm. Examples come easily tomind: the evolution from counting in words to Roman numerals (a semiverbal, ...

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As the above shows, this

a not existent future, but merely a sometimes useful

can be expressed in terms of causality. Types of Finality No detailed discussion

of ...

As the above shows, this

**formulation**does not mean an inconceivable "action" ofa not existent future, but merely a sometimes useful

**formulation**of a fact whichcan be expressed in terms of causality. Types of Finality No detailed discussion

of ...

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Such consideration has proved to be useful and leading to quantitative

steady state is valid only in first approximation, insofar as we envisage shorter

periods of time ...

Such consideration has proved to be useful and leading to quantitative

**formulations**(cf. p. 137). Finally, the definition of the state of the organism assteady state is valid only in first approximation, insofar as we envisage shorter

periods of time ...

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### Contents

Introduction | 3 |

The Meaning of General System Theory | 30 |

Some System Concepts in Elementary Mathematical | 54 |

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