## 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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Notes on Developments in

of

materialized in recent years;

extensive and ...

Notes on Developments in

**Mathematical**System Theory (1970) The programmeof

**mathematical**system theory, first stated in the foregoing essay, hasmaterialized in recent years;

**mathematical**system theory has become anextensive and ...

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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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### Contents

Introduction | 1 |

The Meaning of General System Theory | 29 |

º | 53 |

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