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  • Paperback: 279 pages
  • Publisher: Dorset House Publishing Co Inc.,U.S.; 25 Silver anniversary ed edition (15 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932633498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932633491
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 590,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 July 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is a quiet little masterpiece, where its author shares his observations of his world in a personal way. With the same light touch, he also delves into the thought structures behind these observations. This is practical scientific philosophy with a folksy, conversational, almost homespun, style that never gets lost in abstractions or strays far from living examples in everyday life. Its lack of academic bluster and techo-pomposity is refreshing and informal, yet the insights have a power that cannot help but affect your own thought processes. An example ( for me) is the classification of all systems into three types: Determinate, Medium-number, and Statistical. This notion has proven to be fantastically useful over the years. Several other observations took some nerve to put into print. The net effect of the book is, at its end, also inspirational. Here is someone showing all of us how we can deal with the big, bad world in a friendly, humourous, courageous, and empowered way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jan. 2005
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The principles of general systems thinking are explained well, but I'd have liked some case studies of how this has been applied. It all sound good and has explained some things I hadn't previously understood but ultimately I was left looking for more. There is another book on the topic by Weinberg so maybe I need to read it too.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 April 1999
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If I had to select a book that has influenced my thinking most, it would be this one. This book alone spurred my interest in Systems Research, and is one that I have gone back to re-read many times.
Gerald Weinberg has taken the essence of General Systems Theory and formatted it for the masses. His insight into the methodology, and his ability to combine humor with explanation makes this a must-read in the field. While many of the examples are programming-based, that does not detract from the usefullness of this work.
The publisher needs to understand the importance of this work, and put it back into print!
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By Shaahin on 28 Jun. 2015
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I have read the kindle version and then ordered this paper version. It is dense. I need to read and re-read its parts and chapters because every time I get deeper understanding. The important thing is, this book and its examples and notions will be part of your mindset. It improves your mental models, the models that you think through them. I haven't read such a well written book on fundamentals of system thinking. A must read for anyone who is interested in thinking and ,indeed, better thinking
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By M.I. on 14 Jun. 2012
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In engineering and science we are overwhelmed by mathematical models of any sort, but do they always tell us the truth about a phenomena or a system? Do they make sense all the time? What assumptions are behind such models that we unconsciously take for granted? This book invites the reader to look behind the curtain. What is a system? What is the role of the observer? How do we define the behavior of a system? An introduction to better thinking which is worth reading more than once.
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