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

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The advantages of

deduction, verifiability by observed data— are well known. This does not mean

that models formulated in ordinary language are to be despised or refused. A

verbal ...

The advantages of

**mathematical**models— unambiguity, possibility of strictdeduction, verifiability by observed data— are well known. This does not mean

that models formulated in ordinary language are to be despised or refused. A

verbal ...

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Before turning to it, discussion of

in order. Advantages and shortcomings of

sciences are well known (Arrow, 1956; Rapoport, 1957). Every

model ...

Before turning to it, discussion of

**mathematical**and non-**mathematical**models isin order. Advantages and shortcomings of

**mathematical**models in the socialsciences are well known (Arrow, 1956; Rapoport, 1957). Every

**mathematical**model ...

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Sci., I (1956), 303-315. , "Lewis F. Richardson's

General Systems, 2 (1957), 55-91. , "Critiques of Game Theory," Behav. Sci., 4 (

1959a), 49-66. , "Uses and Limitations of

Sciences," ...

Sci., I (1956), 303-315. , "Lewis F. Richardson's

**Mathematical**Theory of War,"General Systems, 2 (1957), 55-91. , "Critiques of Game Theory," Behav. Sci., 4 (

1959a), 49-66. , "Uses and Limitations of

**Mathematical**Models in SocialSciences," ...

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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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