August 27, 2009

Thinking in Systems

This book is a primer about systems theory. A system is a set of things that are interconnected in a way that they produce a regular pattern or behavior over time. The system may respond to outside forces, but even that response is characteristic of the way the parts within the system relate toward one another. Learning to think in terms of systems can help us to analyze problems such as pollution, disease epidemics, and war. The method is relatively simple: identify the parts of the system, analyze the parts, then put the system back together again with an understanding of how the parts relate to one another. Meadows approaches the topic of systems theory from a non-technical approach, presenting archetypal problems that systems thinkers have examined repeatedly as illustrations for the points that she makes.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

Thinking in Systems: A Primer
Donella H. Meadows, ed. by Diana Wright
QA 402 .M423 2008