am 31. Oktober 1999
Perhaps the best way to start this review is with Bertalanffy's own words: "Compared to the analytical procedure of classical science with resolution into component elements and one-way or linear causality as basic category, the investigation of organized wholes of many variables requires new catagories of interaction, transaction, organization, teleology..."
"These considerations lead to the postulate of a new scientific discipline which we call general system theory. It's subject matter is formulation of principles that are valid for "systems" in general, whatever the nature of the component elements and the relations or "forces" between them...
"General system theory, therefore, is a general science of wholeness"...
Wholeness is not new, the Chinese and Greeks had their own versions, but what Bertalanffy did is make it an authentic science.
am 23. Oktober 2010
A rather skin-deep Theory that missed the aimed interdisciplinary importance. As one knows, Mr Bartalanffy was a Biologist. Actually as I see it from this book: with a rather naive knowledge of Mathematics and Physics of his days. Not to mention the advances of this days that rather render irrelevant the claim that there is need for some new scientific discipline to describe system behavior. Since then, the scientific community advanced quite a noticeable bit describing holistic effects and complex systems, and it used advanced Mathematical tools, basic communication and cooperation among scientists from different disciplines and it doesn't look as if there was something missing.
The book contains a lot of thoughts and information about science, but rather as much as no science.
am 3. Juni 1999
GST is certainly the best intent we have to transcend the mechanistic worldview from the point of view of the new science. And there is just one way to transcend that framework and it just by positing a new sphere to manage complexity: the sphere of life.Teilhard, Bergson, Bertanffy were "biologists" but also philosophers, great philosophers and this is probably why today the Science of Complexity is looking at Life, and why the new thinkers are more and more aware that if we want to understand organizations, human organizations, we must first understand life. So we find a clear turn in books about complexity and administration trying to learn from the lesson of life...this is the only way to enter the age of adaptation as Thomas Petzinger calls it. Our time owes to GST a great deal, and as so, GST stands as a monument to that whole movement toward the global nature of our civilization of the same kind of The Phenomenon of Man and Creative Evolution.