An Introduction to General Systems Thinking

An Introduction to General Systems Thinking NA

  • Title: An Introduction to General Systems Thinking
  • Author: Gerald M. Weinberg
  • ISBN: 9780932633491
  • Page: 303
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Sergei Kotlov

      The book is excellent and deep. The author is a guru in System Thinking and you feel it almost from the first page. Huge number of examples and suggestions for discussions is the most valuable part of the book. Spending most of my time in IT I had a limited view on the application of System Thinking. This book opened my eyes to many interesting directions and spheres I wasn't aware of.At the same time the book is difficult to read. Sometimes I found myself moving slowly through sentences trying [...]

    2. Paul

      To be a successful generalist, then, we must approach complex systems with a certain naive simplicity. We must be as little children, for we have much evidence that children learn most of their more complex ideas in just this manner, first forming a general impression of the whole and only then passing down to more particular discriminations.Weinberg tries to explain how our preconceptions and biases get in the way of understanding the world around us.I am more interested in system thinking to a [...]

    3. Oleksandr Manzyuk

      In the preface, the author quotes a computer programmer who said about the book "I didn't learn anything It was a bunch of platitudes." and I hardly disagree with that assessment.

    4. Angie Boyter

      There are a lot of good ideas here, but for a book that is supposed to help people think it is incredibly badly organized, and he uses terms he does not define and laws he never states explicitly. (I read it as an ebook from Smashwords, which enabled me to look up terms or laws that I thought I could not remember, so I can be confident of that.)I am really surpirsed it is considered a classic.It is clearly intended to be a textbook. There are some quite interesting "problems" at the end of each [...]

    5. Adam Zethraeus

      I’m always wary when I encounter a cliché, or an orphaned maxim. Often there are useful pieces of knowledge underlying the creation of these bundlings, but they’re not necessarily conducive to deriving it. Rather, the underlying utility is only recoverable through the process of independent, if potentially guided, discovery. This is after all why a good maths teacher will attempt to give you more context for a theory than just its corresponding formulae.This book suffers from the sense of c [...]

    6. Jake McCrary

      I'm having a hard time writing a review for this book and figuring out what star rating to give it. I think a second reading or reading more on the topic would help.It was good. The book presents some ways of thinking about systems that might enhance how you approach general problem-solving. Sometimes the language was awkward. This forced me to reread sentences and paragraphs to grasp what they were saying.

    7. Dan

      Weinberg provides in clear language interesting ways to think about systems, in whatever incarnation they take. I feel like it's deceptively simple, verging on common sense. The thing is, so much of our perception is clouded by long-ingrained habit that it is useful to take a step back, and actual think about what how we think. Anyway, the principles and "laws" Weinberg introduces are something I intend to revisit.

    8. Paul Jarzabek

      Very difficult to learn but useful beyond description. This book has the potential of resetting the entire way one approaches problem solving.

    9. Simon

      A fresh perspective on the development of common understanding. Full of examples between ‘extremes’ such as computer programming logic and anthropological studies.

    10. Erika RS

      This book has lots of good content -- I was highlighting frequently -- but it's not the easiest read. The high level idea of general systems thinking is that there are large classes of problems that are difficult to analyze. Problems with small number of pieces and lots of structure -- organized simplicity -- can be handled analytically. Problems with many pieces and lots of randomness -- unorganized complexity -- can be handled statistically. Those systems in between -- medium systems -- are to [...]

    11. Benjamin Scherrey

      This is one of those few books that I revisit every few years and always learn something new from. If you're a systems designer of any sort (I'm a computer software architect/developer) then you'll find it remarkable how Gerry articulates things you've sort of noticed but never personally fully quantified resulting in those wonderful "ah-ha" moments. Then he proceeds to map those back to first principles and relate it to all kinds of other relevant considerations you had never considered. Pearls [...]

    12. Anna

      This is great and the erudition of the author is impressive. The logical problems and strategies he describes can really be applied to anything - and he shows that by applying them to all kinds of subjects, from computer science to biology and linguistics. The only reason why I couldn't finish reading it is that this book should really be completed in one sitting - I found that being distracted and going back to it, even to separate chapters, after a hiatus in reading would really interfere with [...]

    13. Graham Lee

      There are some useful details on thinking about systems in the abstract sense, but there's also a lot of the book that comes off as helping men to splain things in areas in which we aren't experts. I did not hear the same humble tone from this book as from the Psychology of Computer Programming by the same author.

    14. Ryan Freckleton

      This is the seminal book on the Systems Thinking movement and Systems thinking in general. I've read it at least 4 times from cover to cover.If you're a scientist, an artist or someone who just is curious about how the world works, from sub-atomic particles to individual relationships, this book is full of gold.

    15. John Blevins

      I read a couple of Weinberg's books. He did some on-site consulting in organization development at my employer's of the time.I preferred his "Psychology of Computer Programming" for accessibility.

    16. Johnno Nolan

      I'll admit I've struggled with this book. It's dense and a little bit all over the place. But when I set my mind to there is some fascinating information in there.

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