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

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Suppose a digital computer is carrying through multiplications at random; then

the

X even as well as even X odd give numbers even), and eventually only zeros will

...

Suppose a digital computer is carrying through multiplications at random; then

the

**machine**will "evolve" toward showing even numbers (because products evenX even as well as even X odd give numbers even), and eventually only zeros will

...

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This was the model of the living

model found different interpretations. When, in the seventeenth century,

Descartes introduced the concept of the animal as a

This was the model of the living

**machine**. Depending on the state of the art, themodel found different interpretations. When, in the seventeenth century,

Descartes introduced the concept of the animal as a

**machine**, only mechanical**machines**...Page 141

To be sure, self- repairing

theory of automata. The problem comes in with regulation and repair after

arbitrary disturbances. Can a

programmed for ...

To be sure, self- repairing

**machines**are conceivable in terms of the moderntheory of automata. The problem comes in with regulation and repair after

arbitrary disturbances. Can a

**machine**, say, an embryo or a brain, beprogrammed for ...

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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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