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

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This is the equation known in biology as the

discussion, the simplest form of growth of the parts —viz., the exponential— has

been assumed (3.17 and 3.18). The

somewhat ...

This is the equation known in biology as the

**allometric**equation. In thisdiscussion, the simplest form of growth of the parts —viz., the exponential— has

been assumed (3.17 and 3.18). The

**allometric**relation holds, however, also forsomewhat ...

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If at > a2— i.e., if the growth intensity of Qt is greater than that of Q^—then a = —

> 1; the organ captures more than other parts; it grows therefore more rapidly

than these or with positive

organ ...

If at > a2— i.e., if the growth intensity of Qt is greater than that of Q^—then a = —

> 1; the organ captures more than other parts; it grows therefore more rapidly

than these or with positive

**allometry**. Conversely, if al < a2 — i.e., a < 1 — theorgan ...

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Relative Growth A principle which is also of great simplicity and generality

concerns the relative growth of components within a system. The simple

relationship of

(morphology, ...

Relative Growth A principle which is also of great simplicity and generality

concerns the relative growth of components within a system. The simple

relationship of

**allometric**increase applies to many growth phenomena in biology(morphology, ...

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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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