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

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First, there is the

amounts to the question whether or not a limited number of civilizations— some

20 at the best— provide a sufficient and representative sample to establish

justified ...

First, there is the

**consideration**of empirical bases. In this particular instance, itamounts to the question whether or not a limited number of civilizations— some

20 at the best— provide a sufficient and representative sample to establish

justified ...

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Such

formulations (cf. p. 137). Finally, the definition of the state of the organism as

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 quantitativeformulations (cf. p. 137). Finally, the definition of the state of the organism as

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

periods of time ...

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Taking dependence on the past into

integro-differential equations as discussed by Vol terra (cf. D'Ancona) and

Donnan (1937). Biological Applications It should have become evident by now

that ...

Taking dependence on the past into

**consideration**, our equations would becomeintegro-differential equations as discussed by Vol terra (cf. D'Ancona) and

Donnan (1937). Biological Applications It should have become evident by now

that ...

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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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